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Cooking Fats Effects Our Atmosphere

Updated on November 29, 2017
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Rayan Milkton, is an Architect(Software), whose hobbies include creative writing.

Fats being released into the atmosphere from deep fat fryers or cookers may be helping the formation of clouds, which will in turn aid in cooling our planet. This very notion of cooking fats doing magical things above our heads, thus causing precipitation is intriguing.

Aerosols are key components of the climate system. Nearly all atmospheric aerosols contain organic compounds. Fatty acid molecules released during cooking form complex 3-D structures in atmospheric aerosol droplets lasting longer and absorbing moisture from the surroundings, which undoubtedly helps in the formation of clouds. It is already a well-known fact that the fatty acid molecules lining atmospheric aerosol droplets can help in seeding clouds. This phenomenon would not only decide the water uptake by the atmospheric aerosol droplets but also its longevity.

In fact, the fatty acid molecules assembled into highly ordered spheres or cylinders, which are known for their high-water uptake from the surrounding environment, an important process in the cloud formation. Moreover, through experiments it has been shown that fatty acid molecules were more resistant to attack by ozone, and thus travel longer and further in the atmosphere, if they adopted complex ordered constitutions and patterns. Also, the extended lifetime of this aerosol droplets not only would increase their size but also invariably help cloud formation. In addition to this, aerosol droplets viscosity affects chemical reaction rates.

Although the full impact of highly complex arrangement of the fatty acid molecules in the environment, has not been quantified yet. And, there is no proper reliable appraisal of the amount of complex self-assembly arrangements formed by oleic acid molecules in the atmosphere. Yet it is unquestionably a step in the right direction. Given the potential importance of this exciting phenomenon, high profile researchers would spend more time comprehending these highly complicated self-assembly formations present in atmospheric aerosols, to forebode rainfall levels.


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