Global map of aerosol distribution

Global map of aerosol distribution

August 23 this year, NASA has created a map of global distribution of aerosols in the Earth. And it is a very curious spectacle.


Aerosols, millions of solid particles and liquid droplets are in the air we breathe. They are everywhere, coming down from the stratosphere to the Earth’s surface and play an important role in the climate of the planet and human health.

Aerosols appear from the smoke from forest fires, ash from volcanic eruptions or even from dust in the wind.

NASA decided to show them and modeled distribution of aerosols, clearly demonstrating the smoke rising over North America and Africa, three tropical cyclone in the Pacific ocean and large clouds of dust flying over Africa and Asia. Carbon particles from the fires shown on the map in red (they also show emissions from cars), dust purple, and sea salt blue.