COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Biological Activity Alters the Ability of Particles from Sea Spray to Seed Clouds
Description: Ocean biology alters the chemical composition of sea spray in ways that influence its ability to form clouds over the ocean. That's the conclusion of a team of scientists using a new approach to study tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols that can influence climate by absorbing or reflecting sunlight and seeding clouds. By engineering breaking waves of natural ocean water under purified air in the lab, they were able to isolate and analyze aerosols from the spray and determine how life within the water altered the chemistry of the particles. [Source: Scripps News]
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Source: Scripps News
Publish Date: 4/22/2013
Reading Level: Basic
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