Earth & Space Chapter 17

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Atmosphere

two main gases in atmosphere

nitrogen and oxygen

radiation

transfer of energy through space in the form of waves

conduction

transfer of heat through atoms colliding

convection

transfer of heat because of density differences; liquid or gas only

troposphere

closest layer of atmosphere to the earth; where weather occurs

thermosphere

hottest layer of the atmosphere

greenhouse effect

infared radiation remains in Earth's atmosphere

insolation

incoming solar radiation

when Earth receives the most energy

when the Sun is directly overhead

smog

brownish haze caused by automobile exhaust

acid rain

pollutants in the water vapor in the air that causes harm to plants, animals, and structures

ozone depletion

increased exposure to ultraviolet radiation

global warming

global temperatures rising caused by human activities and greenhouse gases

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