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The power of sunlight reaching the top of Earth's atmosphere is 1370 watts per

square meter. The total amount of power flowing outward through Earth's surface caused by radioactivity within Earth is estimated to be 3 trillion watts. Which one - sunlight or radioactive heat - is providing more energy to Earth's surface, and by how much? What does your answer tell you about the relative importance of these two energy sources for life?

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