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Unformatted text preview: nothing. Also the types of clouds affect the temperature of the earth. Low, thick clouds will cool the surface because it is their primary cause. High, thin clouds tend to warm the earths surface because they contribute more to the greenhouse effect. The elongated ice crystals of these higher clouds allow much of the solar radiation to pass through, but absorb most of the outgoing radiation. In contrast, lower clouds reflect most of the solar radiation in addition to absorbing infrared radiation. Also, these higher clouds (cirrus) are colder because they occur higher in the troposphere. 12. The water vapor feedback and the snow and ice albedo feedback are two positive feedback loops in the earths climate system. The earths climate remains stable because of related factors such as latitudinal and seasonal temperature gradients, winds, precipitations and seasons....
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This homework help was uploaded on 03/17/2009 for the course ATOC 1060 taught by Professor Keen,richa during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.
- Spring '07