What is particulate matter, Classify and explain it with suitable examples?
Particulate matter is the general term used for a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets in the air. It includes aerosols, smoke, fumes, dust, ash and pollen
Classification of Particulate Matter:
: inhalable particles, with diameters that are generally 10 micrometers and smaller; and
: fine inhalable particles, with diameters that are generally 2.5 micrometers and smaller.
Particulate Matter is primarily formed from chemical reactions in the atmosphere and through fuel combustion - motor vehicles, power generation and industrial facilities).
Residential fire places and wood stoves with biomass combustion are also significant producer of particulate matter