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This beautiful map of Earth's atmosphere shows a world on fire

Salt, smoke, and dust.
aerosols on Earth

Along with gas, the air we breathe is filled with suspended solids and liquids called aerosols that come from a variety of sources.

Our is dominated by gas, chock-full gases all swirling around our planet. But that’s not the only state of matter represented in the area between the ground and . Liquid water makes a frequent appearance, and so do solid particles fine enough to hang suspended in the air.

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