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Condition of atmospheric obscurity near the ground surface, caused by the suspension of minute water droplets in conditions of near saturation of the air. The formation of fog is aided by any concentration of smoke particles, as these act as condensation nuclei, and may cause fog at levels of humidity below saturation point. Visibility is below 1 km. The cause of condensation of the water droplets may be radiation-cooling of the ground, advection of warm air over a cold ocean or cold ground, or conditions at a front. See also smog. Compare mist.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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