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Ch. 15 APES
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the introduction of chemicals, particulate matter, or microorganisms into the atmosphere at concentrations high enough to harm plants, animals, and materials such as buildings, or to alter ecosystems
Particulate Matter (PM)
Solid or liquid particles suspended in air; also known as particles and particulates.
A secondary pollutant made up of three oxygen atoms bound together.
a class of air pollutants formed as a result of sunlight acting on compounds such as nitrogen oxides
A type of air pollution that is a mixture of oxidants and particulate matter
Smog that is dominated by oxidants such as ozone. Also known as Los Angeles-type smog; Brown smog.
smog dominated by sulfur dioxide and sulfate compounds
Volitile organic compounds (VOC)
on organic compound that evaporates at typical atmospheric temperatures
a polluting compound that comes directly out of a smokestack, exhaust pipe, or natural emission source
A primary pollutant that has undergone transformation in the presence of sunlight, water, oxygen, or other compounds
A situation in which a relatively warm layer of air at mid-altitude covers a layer of cold, dense air below.
the layer of warm air that traps emissions in a thermal inversion
A long, thin, fibrous silicate mineral with insulating properties, which can cause cancer when inhaled.
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)
a buildup of toxic air pollutants in a airtight space, seen in newer buildings
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