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Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter: Exploring Air Quality in Aura NO�__ Data

Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter: Exploring Air Quality in Aura NO�__ Data

In this chapter, users explore relationships between air quality and population density using the image visualization tool, Google Earth. Humans discovered long ago that burning fossil fuels was a convenient way to get power. In engines for automobiles and plants that generate electricity, huge volumes of oil, gas, and coal are burned every day. Where many people live together in concentrated areas, the exhaust of this burning has a noticeable effect on air quality. One of the by-products of combustion is a molecule called nitrogen dioxide (NO2). It is responsible for initiating chemical reactions that lead to photochemical smog, a yellow-brown haze that decreases visibility and causes breathing problems. The detection of nitrogen dioxide via satellite is one way to evaluate the extent and... Show More
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