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miasma

fog or vapors once thought to cause disease;
an unhealthy or noxious atmosphere;
an unpleasant milieu or unwholesome influence


Sightings:

Posies against the Plague

Pondering the mist
(explore for more lessons on weather)

Snooping about in Dracula's house

Bad air by the Thames

Scientists who watch creepy-crawlie movies

Furniture makers will build a new world

The archaeology of sanitation

Dances with Wolves -- the Indians are lovable but tragic

Casualties of the gun debate: hard numbers

In the sewers of Paris

Who knows Ho Chi Minh?

Sinking into the rank and slimy mire

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