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Definition:
Suspension of particles of condensed matter (liquid, solid, or mixed) in
a carrier gas (usually air). Aerosols are important in the atmosphere as
nuclei for the condensation of water droplets and ice crystals, as
participants in various chemical cycles, and as absorbers and scatterers
of solar radiation, thereby influencing the radiation budget of the
earth-atmosphere system, which in turn influences the climate on the
surface of the Earth. 
Reference:
Charlson, R.J. and J. Heintzenberg, eds. 1994. Aerosol Forcing of Climate,
Report of the Dahlem Workshop on Aerosol Forcing of Climate, Berlin, April
24-29, 1994, John Wiley & Sons, New York. Grobecker, A.J., S.C. Coronitim and
E.W. Hewson. 1980. Atmospheric Pollution, pp. 51-60 in Parker, S.P., ed
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. McGraw-Hill Book
Co., NY
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