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18. Atmosphere_06 - Atmospheric Composition and Structure...

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Atmospheric Composition and Structure Objectives 1) What is the main source of energy to the Earth’s atmosphere and in what form does this energy come to the Earth’s surface? The sun - radiation 2) Know the order of the major bands of the EMR spectrum in order from smallest to largest wavelengths. Cosmic rays Gamma rays X – rays UV rays Visible Near IR Thermal IR Microwave TV/Radio 3) How is heat transferred in each of the following cases: a. From the Sun to the Earth Radiation b. From the Earth’s surface to the lower atmosphere Conduction c. From the lower atmosphere to higher levels of the atmosphere Convection 4) What are the three most abundant permanent gasses in the atmosphere in order of their abundance? Nitrogen, Oxygen, Argon 5) What are the three most common variable gasses in the atmosphere? Water Vapor, CO2, Ozone=O3 6) Besides gas, what else is in the atmosphere? Aerosols - Particulates
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7) Know the four principal layers of the atmosphere, how these layers are defined,
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course SYGN 101 taught by Professor Shorey during the Spring '08 term at Mines.

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18. Atmosphere_06 - Atmospheric Composition and Structure...

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