surface boundary layer
the thin layer of air adjacent to the earth's surface, usually considered to be less than 300 feet (91 meters) high.
How are “scum,” “sludge,” “slush,” “slime,” “ooze,” “muck,” “mire,” “goo” and “gunk” different?
Toxic red sludge poured into a Hungarian village this week after a dam containing the chemical residue from an aluminum plant burst. At least four people were killed and dozens injured. The sludge continues to flow and threatens to contaminate the Danube River, one of Europe’s major waterways. This tragedy poses a linguistic puzzle that, hopefully, can help us better describe the type of environmental horrors that seem to …
“Wife Beater” Shirt? Take It To The Trash!
How did a violent term become a piece of clothing? We’re in a bubbling cauldron of gender issues, and they’re boiling to the surface. To contribute to this heated discussion, we think there’s no better time to take wife beater, the slang term for that ubiquitous sleeveless white shirt, to the dump for good. But, how did the violent term become associated with a piece …
Also called surface layer, atmospheric boundary layer, friction layer, ground layer.
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