historical usage of atmosphere
The earliest sense, from the mid-1600s, is found in early scientific writing, referring to “the gaseous envelope surrounding a heavenly body.” Figurative senses developed later: first “a surrounding or pervading mood,” referring to mental or psychological environment, in the late 1700s, and then, “a distinctive quality, as of a place; character,” referring to physical environment.
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As landscapes burn and release carbon dioxide, it helps trap more heat in the atmosphere.What wildfires in Brazil, Siberia, and the US West have in common|Lili Pike|September 17, 2020|Vox
The team thinks the nitrogen atmosphere was helpful because it’s less corrosive than oxygen.Microsoft Had a Crazy Idea to Put Servers Under Water—and It Totally Worked|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|September 17, 2020|Singularity Hub
Razing forests and peatlands unleashes carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in calamitous amounts.The Environmental Headache in Your Shampoo - Issue 90: Something Green|Anastasia Bendebury & Michael Shilo DeLay|September 16, 2020|Nautilus
A sample return mission could be possible, in which a spacecraft flies into the atmosphere and bottles up some gas to bring back to Earth for laboratory analysis.
It felt as if the atmosphere itself was burning right above our heads, and we were trapped beneath it.For millions of Americans, the wildfires made climate change real|Michael J. Coren|September 15, 2020|Quartz
The atmosphere on campuses has gotten repressive enough that comedian Chris Rock no longer plays colleges.
There is a long history of official anti-clericalism in Mexico, but the atmosphere in Tierra Caliente goes far beyond that.
However, several probes—most recently the Curiosity rover—have measured methane in the Martian atmosphere.
Visibly affected the by military atmosphere the young man admitted his emotions were volatile.
Over a decade, his teaching often took place in an atmosphere of what one cadet called “wanton disrespect.”
The tops of the hills were laden with thunder-clouds, and the turbid atmosphere laboured with the stifling Sirocco.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
The atmosphere seemed drawn taut before him as though it must any instant split open upon a sound of crying.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
Meyer Isaacson stood for a moment looking round, feeling the atmosphere of this room, or at least trying to feel it.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
This English country and these wonderful old houses, with their inimitable atmosphere, appeal to me very strongly.
Isabel suddenly felt herself and her organdie absurdly out of place in this room with its enchantress atmosphere.