DAVID HIMES / GSD / NOAA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAVID HIMES / GSD / NOAA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Black carbon concentration in the atmosphere. The data are from January 31st to February 4th, 2007. Black carbon, or soot (purple), is generated from burning fossil fuels and biomass fuels. The eastern seaboard of the US produces a lot of soot, but that is dwarfed by the amount produced by burning vegetation in equatorial Africa. Black carbon affects the global temperature by absorbing sunlight, warming the atmosphere around it.
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