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Column: Complex systems keep air breathable on Earth

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    Most of us take air for granted, but Earth has evolved many complex and interrelated systems of checks and balances to regulate atmospheric composition and the climate. A peek through an airplane’s cabin window reveals snow-covered mountains in California’s Sierra Nevada.

Outside the window, 7 miles up, the wings of the jet airliner slice through the invisible air that seems magically to keep it aloft. It reminds me that we are immersed in Earth’s invisible atmosphere all of the time. Read more

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