The Smell Of The Earth After The Rain


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It is called is Petrichor, and it is caused by Geosmin.
The human nose is extremely sensitive to Geosmin and is able to detect it at concentrations as low as 5 parts per trillion.

You may ask what Geosmin is? Me Too.
Geosmin is an organic compound with a distinct earthy flavor and aroma, and is responsible for the earthy taste of beets and a contributor to the strong scent (petrichor) that occurs in the air when rain falls after a dry spell of weather.
Geosmin is an organic compound with the formula C12H22O. It’s produced by several classes of microbes, including cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and actinobacteria (especially Streptomyces), and released when these microbes die.
The smell after a rainstorm is attributed to Geosmin.


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