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Caption: Black carbon optical thickness. The data is from January 31st to February 4th 2007. Black carbon, or soot (purple), is largely generated from burning fossil fuels, and is the result of incomplete combustion. India and China are major emitters of soot. Black carbon affects the global temperature by absorbing sunlight. Black carbon absorbs the sunlight that reaches it, causing the air temperature to rise. The movement of the pollutants also reveals predominant wind patterns.

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Keywords: 2007, air pollution, airborne, anthropogenic, atmospheric, climate change, combustion, dataset, earth observation, emission, emissions, flat projection, flow, global, global warming, measurements, optical thickness, particulate, particulates, pattern, patterns, pollutant, pollutants, polluting, pollution, soot, wind, winds, world

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Soot levels in the atmosphere

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