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Dust in the Wind
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Dust in the Wind

This series of images, derived from a computer model, shows wind-blown dust from North Africa as it spread over the Atlantic Ocean on July 1, 2009.

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Global View of Fine Aerosol Particles
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Global View of Fine Aerosol Particles

Particle pollution—both solid particles and liquid droplets in the air—comes in a range of sizes, but particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers pose the greatest risk to human health

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A Snapshot of Particles in the Air
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A Snapshot of Particles in the Air

This map shows the global distribution of aerosols in August 2010, and the proportion of those aerosols that are large or small.

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Change in the Air
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Change in the Air

Simulations of air pollution from the GOCART model help show how much skies have cleared over Europe and North America even as they have darkened over Asia in the last decade.

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Tracing Aerosols to their Smoky and Sandy Sources
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Tracing Aerosols to their Smoky and Sandy Sources

The aerosol index offers a way to see the long reach of forest fires and dust storms.

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Dust Dominates Overseas Aerosol Imports to North America
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Dust Dominates Overseas Aerosol Imports to North America

Nearly half of the aerosols in the air over North America have sources in other countries. The vast majority of it is dust from Asia.

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