• Released Tuesday, August 9, 2011
  • Updated Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 12:35PM
  • ID: 3844

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A tiny particle created by both backcountry burning and heavy industry has an outsized effect on Earth's climate.

Continents and oceans are shaded in order to make black carbon's atmospheric behavior easier to see.

Another view of the same visualization, this flat map version makes it easy to see the output of primary black carbon sources.

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Notice the impact of North America's strict soot regulations, central Africa's constant wildfires and eastern Asia's fast-growing economy.

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Light-absorbing soot (arrows) form chain-like aggregates and can glom on to light-reflecting sulfates (large rounded particles).


Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
Microscopic image courtesy of James Anderson (Arizona State University)

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