A qualitative term to describe a widespread body of air with approximately uniform
characteristics which had been identified at a given time over a particular region
of the earth's surface. Sometimes an air mass is marked by inert
tracers such as
which may be added to it.
The composition of a given air mass undergoes alteration as it migrates, chemical
changes occur, compounds are removed by dry and wet deposition and new impurities
are added to the mass.
PAC, 1990, 62, 2167
(Glossary of atmospheric chemistry terms (Recommendations 1990))
on page 2172
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