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(saɪˈæməkɪ) ,




n, pl -chies
rare a fight with an imaginary enemy
[C17: from Greek skiamakhia a mock fight, from skia a shadow + makhesthai to fight]

sciamachy, sciomachy

battle with shadows or imaginary enemies.
See also: Conflict, Images
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Research scientist Christian Frankenberg of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, first noticed the Four Corners signal years ago in SCIAMACHY data.
Dr Michael Buchwitz and Oliver Schneising from the Institute of Environmental Physics at the University of Bremen in Germany processed the SCIAMACHY data from 2003-09, using a retrieval algorithm developed at the University of Bremen.
The following day, scientists from the Brussels-based Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy identified high bromine concentrations in the vicinity of the volcano with Envisat's SCIAMACHY instrument and the Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment-2 (GOME-2) instrument aboard MetOp-A.