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Press Release 10-046

Pollution from Asia Circles Globe at Stratospheric Heights

Asia's economic growth has side effect

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Photo showing pollution in the stratosphere as a thin red line.

Pollution in the stratosphere is clearly visible in this image in the thin red line.

Credit: NASA


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Illustration showing how Asian monsoon ferries pollutants to the stratosphere and then globally.

The Asian monsoon is ferrying pollutants to the stratosphere, and from there around the globe.

Credit: UCAR


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Map showing summertime circulation patterns linked with Asian monsoon transport warm, moist air.

Summertime circulation patterns linked with the Asian monsoon transport air upward.

Credit: NASA


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Cover of the March 26, 2010 issue of the journal Science.

The researchers' findings appear in the March 26, 2010 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2010


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