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-'''Dust''' consists of particles in the [[Earth's atmosphere|atmosphere]] that come from various sources such as soil dust lifted up by wind (an [[Aeolian processes|Aeolian process]]), [[volcanic eruptions]], and [[Air pollution|pollution]]. Dust in homes, offices, and other human environments contains small amounts of plant [[pollen]], [[hair|human]] and [[fur|animal hairs]], [[textiles|textile fibers]], [[paper|paper fibers]], minerals from outdoor soil, [[human skin]] cells, and many other materials which may be found in the local environment.+The '''atmosphere of Earth''' is a layer of [[gases]] surrounding the planet [[Earth]] that is retained by Earth's [[gravity]]. The [[atmosphere]] protects [[organism|life on Earth]] by absorbing [[ultraviolet]] [[solar radiation]], warming the surface through heat retention ([[greenhouse effect]]), and reducing [[temperature]] extremes between [[Daytime (astronomy)|day]] and [[night]] (the [[diurnal temperature variation]]).
==See also== ==See also==
-*[[Ashes to ashes, dust to dust]]+* [[Aerial perspective]]
-*''[[Dust Motes Dancing in the Sunbeams]]'', painting+* [[Airglow|Air glow]]
-*''[[Lust in the Dust]]'', film+* [[Airshed]]
 +* [[Atmosphere]] (for information on atmospheres in general)
 +* [[Atmospheric dispersion modeling]]
 +* [[Atmospheric electricity]]
 +* [[Atmospheric models]]
 +* [[Atmospheric Radiation Measurement]] (ARM) (in the U.S.)
 +* [[#Principal layers|Atmospheric stratification]]
 +* [[Aviation]]
 +* [[Biosphere]]
 +* [[Carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere]]
 +* [[Compressed air]]
 +* [[Environmental impact of aviation]]
 +* [[Global dimming]]
 +* [[Instrumental temperature record|Historical temperature record]]
 +* [[Hydrosphere]]
 +* [[Hypermobility (travel)]]
 +* [[Kyoto Protocol]]
 +*[[Leaching (agriculture)]]
 +* [[Lithosphere]]
 +* [[#Composition|Standard Dry Air]]
 +* [[COSPAR international reference atmosphere]] (CIRA)
 +* [[U.S. Standard Atmosphere]]
 +* [[Interglacial|Warm period]]
 +* [[Water vapor#Water vapor in Earth's atmosphere|Water vapor in Earth's atmosphere]]
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The atmosphere of Earth is a layer of gases surrounding the planet Earth that is retained by Earth's gravity. The atmosphere protects life on Earth by absorbing ultraviolet solar radiation, warming the surface through heat retention (greenhouse effect), and reducing temperature extremes between day and night (the diurnal temperature variation).

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