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Salt Seeds Clouds in the Amazon Rainforest Print
Monday, 10 September 2012 13:48

An international team of scientists analyzed samples of naturally formed aerosols collected above the forest floor, deep in the Amazon rainforest, finding that invisibly tiny grains of potassium salts, generated by natural plants and other living things at night and early in the morning, play a key role in the formation of aerosols in the rainforest.

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Water droplets in the morning mists of the Amazon jungle condense around aerosol particles. In turn, the aerosols condense around miniscule salt particles that are emitted by fungi and plants during the night.