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A thin layer of particulate matter in the ambient atmosphere that makes objects in the distance appear blurry and further away than usual, or that refracts light into a diffuse opacity which also affects vision. Sometimes haze is accompanied by the scent of burning wood, water droplets, or a magnified sense of heat.

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"South Rim Overlook, Chiricauhuan desert in haze in background, Big Bend National Park, October 12, 2012" by daveynin.