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Energy in the Earth's Atmosphere

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Ultraviolet radiation
A form of energy with wavelengths that are shorter than those of violet light.
radiation
The direct transfer of energy by electromagnetic waves.
electromagnetic waves
a form of energy that can travel through space
infrared radiation
a form of energy with wavelengths that are longer than those of red light
scattering
reflection of light in all directions
greenhouse effect
the process by which heat is held by gases in the air
What are sunburns caused by?
ultraviolet radiation
What type of radiation can be felt as heat?
infrared radiation
How are electromagnetic waves classified?
They are classified according to WAVELENGTH
What visible light has the shortest wavelength?
violet
electromagnetic radiation with a short wavelength is called?
ultraviolet radiation
electromagnetic radiation with a medium wavelength is called?
visible light
electromagnetic radiation with a long wavelength is called?
infrared light
What causes the different colors of visible light?
Different wavelengths