condensation trail


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condensation trail

n
(Aeronautics) another term for vapour trail

con•trail

(ˈkɒnˌtreɪl)

n.
a visible condensation of water droplets or ice crystals from the atmosphere, occurring in the wake of an aircraft, rocket, or missile.
[1940–45; con(densation) trail]

condensation trail

A visible cloud streak, usually brilliantly white in color, which trails behind a missile or other vehicle in flight under certain conditions. Also called CONTRAIL.
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Noun1.condensation trail - an artificial cloud created by an aircraft; caused either by condensation due to the reduction in air pressure above the wing surface or by water vapor in the engine exhaust
cloud - a visible mass of water or ice particles suspended at a considerable altitude
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Detractors though -- including the British bases, which have been accused of being the culprits in the past -- say the trails are merely condensation trails or contrails which form when exhaust gases from passing passenger jet engines combine with very cold, humid air at high altitude.
Where this mechanism was concerned, the subcommittee cautioned that the presence in engine exhaust of sufficient water to produce a condensation trail did not necessarily verify this mechanism as a cause of vapor trails.
Detractors -- including the British bases, which have been accused of being the culprits - however say the trails are nothing more than condensation trails or contrails which form when exhaust gases from passing passenger jet engines combine with very cold, humid air at high altitude.
Although ubiquitous today, condensation trails were apparently unknown until World War I.
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According to study published by the journal Nature Climate Change: "Aircraft condensation trails and the clouds that form from them may be causing more warming today than all the aircraft-emitted carbon dioxide that has accumulated in the atmosphere since the start of aviation.
I don't dispute that cars pose a threat to the environment, but planes pose a much greater one because a) their exhaust fumes are emitted at high altitude, where they create a blanket of translucent smog which reflects heat back to the earth, b) hot moist air from the engines helps form condensation trails which add to global warming and c) the burning of kerosene in aircraft engines helps to form cirrus clouds which also adds to it.
The researchers will examine the effects of condensation trails, nitrogen dioxide and other aircraft emissions.