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J.I. AS101 Reading Question Chapter 11 #38 6/18/07 38. The Great Red Spot. Based on the infrared and visible images in Figure 11.9, is Jupiter’s Great Red Spot warmer or cooler than nearby clouds? Is it is higher or lower in altitude than the nearby clouds? Explain. Analysis of the chemical composition of the different color rings reveals that the red is a complete blanket of ammonium hydrosulfide. With the effects of strong rising winds, high-altitude clouds can form pulling out the ammonium from the red cloud layer. And yes, the white rings are composed of ammonium. We can further argue that the upper cloud and lower-blanket cloud model is true because of the apparent motion of the white rings. There is a strong East-West wind that captures band of ammonia leaving
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Unformatted text preview: open areas for us to see further down to the red cloud layer. This model is furthered by comparing it to the infrared photos. Atmospheric objects closer to the warm planet would be warmer and appear brighter than objects further from the planet. Figure 11.9 confirms that by showing the red bands as brighter bands and the white rings and darker bands. The Great Red Spot is an exception to this rule. The spot appears as a red spot but it appears darker on the infrared image. From the previous assumptions, the red spot must be some combination of ammonium hydrosulfide rather just pure ammonium because it appears red. Additionally, the spot appears darker in the infrared image meaning that it must be at a similar altitude as the white ammonium clouds....
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