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Definition:
Sulfur is the fourteenth most abundant element in the Earth's crust. Sulfur is
consistently exchanged between the lithosphere, biopsphere, hydrosphere, and
atmosphere. Sulfur in the atmosphere, in both gaseous and aerosol form, has
imapcts on regional and global chemistry, climate change, and the health of
living organisms. Sulfur gases can also affect stratospheric chemistry.
Carbonyl sulfide (OCS) and volcanic emissions may affect Earth's radiation
budget and climate as well as ozone destriction in the stratosphere.
Reference:
Brasseur, G.P., J.J. Orlando, and G.S. Tyndall, eds. 1999. Atmospheric
Chemistry and Global Change. New York: Oxford University Press.
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