Storms, ozone may play pivotal role in rainforest cloud creation

"The Amazon rainforest plays an important role in the southern hemisphere by transpiring moisture that is transported by clouds to many places that need precipitation," said Jose D. Fuentes, professor of meteorology, Penn State.

Canopy above the Amazon Rainforest

Researchers investigated how storms in the Amazon affect chemical processes that affect cloud formation. Pictured is the canopy of the Amazon rainforest, with a storm cloud in the distance. Image: Marcelo Chamecki / Penn State

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