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  • A plume is a visible smoke-like structure, which may contain pollutants emitted from an exhaust or smoke stack and released into the atmosphere. This elongated band of smoke has changing characteristics that vary with its local environmental conditions. These conditions may include the physical and chemical nature of the pollutant, weather conditions and downwind topography.
    [World Press Review; v41; 24; 1994.] [Journal of Applied Meteorology; v33; 996-1016; 1994.] [Air Quality; Thad Godish; pages 58-64; 1985; Lewis Publishers, Inc; Chelsea, Michigan.]
    Source: Atmospheric Chemistry Glossary
  • 1. A visible or measurable discharge of a contaminant from a given point of origin. Can be visible or thermal in water, or visible in the air as, for example, a plume of smoke. 2 The area of radiation leaking from a damaged reactor. 3. Area downwind within which a release could be dangerous for those exposed to leaking fumes.
    Source: Terms of the Environment

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