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Research activity in atmospheric chemistry has continued to accelerate in recent years, and there is now heightened public awareness of the environmental issues in which it plays a part. In clear, readable style, this important textbook looks at the new insights and interpretations afforded by recent advances, and places in context these exciting, dramatic, and sometimes worrisome developments. Like its highly successful predecessor, this new edition describes the principles of atmospheric chemistry and provides the necessary background for more detailed study. New developments are covered, including the startling discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole, and the rapid changes in the composition of the Earth's atmosphere, apparently a result of human activity. The exciting information gathered by the Voyager 2 mission, which gave us new insights into the atmospheres of planets other than our own, is also included. This text will prove a fascinating source of information for students of chemistry, physics, and environmental science, and will be of interest and value to readers approaching atmospheric chemistry from any scientific discipline.
1. Chemical Composition: A Preliminary Survey