Chapter 15 The Atmosphere
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A mixture of gasses that surrounds a planet or moon.
The measure of the force with which air molecules push on a surface.
The lowest layer of the atmosphere, in which temperature decreases at a constant rate as altitude increases.
The layer of the atmosphere that is above the troposphere and in which temperature increases as altitude increases.
The layer of the atmosphere between the stratosphere and the thermosphere and in which temperature decreases as altitude increases.
The uppermost layer of the atmosphere, in which temperature increases as altitude increases.
The transfer of energy as electromagnetic waves.
The transfer of energy as heat through a material.
The transfer of thermal energy by the circulation or movement of a liquid or gas.
The warming of earth that occurs when water vapor, carbon dioxide, and other gasses absorb and reradiate thermal energy.
A gradual increase in average global temperature.
the contamination of the atmosphere by the introduction of pollutants from human and natural sources