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What reaction causes the lovely aroma when rain touches the ground?

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Asked by tanuja, 23 Apr '13 07:15 pm
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As it turns out, the smells people associate with rainstorms can be caused by a number of things. One of the more pleasant rain smells, the one we often notice in the woods, is actually caused by bacteria! Actinomycetes, a type of filamentous bacteria, grow in soil when conditions are damp and warm. When the soil dries out, the bacteria produces spores in the soil. The wetness and force of rainfall kick these tiny spores up into the air where the moisture after a rain acts as an aerosol (just like an aerosol air freshener). The moist air easily carries the spores to us so we breathe them in. These spores have a distinctive, earthy smell we often associate with rainfall. The bacteria is extremely common and can be found in areas all over the world, which accounts for the universality of this sweet "after-the-rain" smell. Since the bacteria thrives in moist soil but releases the spores once the soil dries out, the smell is most acute after a rain that follows a dry spell, although you'll ...more
Answered by Quest, 24 Apr '13 12:18 pm

 
  
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Lovely soil smell
Answered by Manpreet, 23 Apr '13 08:36 pm

 
  
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Acidic content in rain.
Answered by rk, 23 Apr '13 07:22 pm

 
  
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That aroma is because of some bacteria in the soil
Answered by Incredible Abhi, 23 Apr '13 07:20 pm

 
  
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It is aroma of soil.
Answered by amitava duttamajumdar, 23 Apr '13 07:17 pm

 
  
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Answered by Watika Gupta, 12 Sep '13 12:16 pm

 
  
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