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  • (chemistry) Adhesion of a species onto the surfaces of particles.
  • (environment) Removal of a pollutant from air or water by collecting the pollutant on the surface of a solid material; e.g., an advanced method of treating waste in which activated carbon removes organic matter from waste-water. Source: Terms of the Environment
  • (geology)
  1. Adherence of gas molecules, or of ions or molecules in solution, to the surface of solids with which they are in contact, as methane to coal or moisture to silica gel. CF: absorption
  2. The assimilation of gas, vapor, or dissolved matter by the surface of a solid or liquid.
  3. The attachment of a thin film of liquid or gas, commonly monomolecular in thickness, to a solid substrate.
    Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms

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