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This smell of rain actually comes from the moistening of the ground. Australian scientists first documented the process of petrichor formation in 1964 and scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology further studied the mechanics of the process in the 2010s. (Adobe Images)

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When those first fat drops of summer rain fall to the hot, dry ground, have you ever noticed a distinctive odor?

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