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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

The atmospheric sciences: entering the twenty-first century /
Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Commission on
Geosciences, Environment, and Resources, National Research Council.
p. cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-309-06415-5
1. Atmospheric physics. 2. Atmospheric chemistry. 3. Atmospheric
physics—Research—United States. I. National Research Council
(U.S.). Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate.
QC861.2 .A88 1998
551.5—ddc21                    98-40083

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