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Massive Flying Laboratory Uncovers Secrets of How Marine Life Influences Cloud Formation

The view from the DC-8 research aircraft as flies through the marine boundary layer, the portion of the atmosphere close to the ocean’s surface where the ocean affects processes like cloud formation. Credit: Sam Hall
Ocean Life Helps Produce Clouds, but Existing Clouds Keep New Ones at Bay
Stand on the ocean’s shore and take a big whiff of the salt spray and you’ll smell the unmistakably pungent scent of the sea. That ripe, almost rotting smell? That’s sulfur.
Marine plankton…


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