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Coarse Particles (PM10)
Coarse Particles (PM10)
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Written by Siarhei Tamasheuski
Updated over a week ago

Particulates are dust and other particles floating around in the air. PM10 particulates have a diameter of 10 micrometers or less. The difference between PM10 and PM2.5 is simply a matter of size - while PM2.5 is fine, PM10 is larger and coarser.

Where does it come from?

Microscopic dust, soot, and smoke from construction, mining, transport, and agriculture can blow in from far away, or come from localized sources. Chemical reactions in the atmosphere from industry and vehicle emissions (including tiny fragments of rubber from tires and metal from brakes) are also sources of particulate matter.

There are naturally occurring coarse particles which include salts, pollen, and fragments of bacteria.

What are its effects?

PM10 is less than a tenth of the width of human hair and is easily inhaled. It irritates your nose and throat and can trigger a whole range of allergic reactions.

Coarse particles can be expelled through coughing and sneezing but, if they get into your lungs, they can bring on asthma attacks and an increased risk of bronchitis, lung cancer, and even premature death. They can also cause stroke, heart attack, and high blood pressure.

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