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Weather: The Atmosphere

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weather
is the condition of the Earth's atmosphere at a particular time and place
climate
is the average condition of the Earth's atmosphere at a place
atmosphere
is the layer of gases that surrounds the planet. Earth's atmosphere is made of about 78% nitrogen, 21%oxygen, and other gases
ozone
is a form of oxygen that has three oxygen atoms instead of the usual two
water vapor
water in the form of a gas
pollutants
harmful substances in the air, water, or soil. Air pollution is caused by pollutants in the air. Most air pollution is caused by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gasoline.
photochemical smog
the brown haze caused by the action of sunlight on chemicalpollutants
acid rain
rain that contains more acid than normal and forms when nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides combine with water in the air.
air
the combination of gases, mostly nitrogen and oxygen, that make up the atmosphere. Air has certain properties: mass, density, pressure
pressure
the force pushing on an area or surface
air pressure
is the result of the weight of a column of air pushing down on an area
barometer
weather instrument used to measure air pressure
mercury barometer
an instrument consisting of a glass tube open at the bottom and partially filled with mercury used to measure air pressure
aneroid barometer
an instrument that has an airtight metal chamber that expands and contracts depending upon the air pressure
altitude
elevation, the distance above sea level
layers of the atmosphere
the layers of the atmosphere are categorized by changes in temperature.
troposphere
lowest layer of the Earth's atmosphere, where most weather occurs, "tropo"means changing, 9-16 km thick.
stratosphere
second layer of the Earth's atmosphere, upper stratosphere has a layer of ozone, extends from top of troposphere to about 50 km.
mesosphere
third layer of the Earth's atmosphere, "meso" means middle, outermesosphere is the coldest part of the atmosphere, begins at 50 km and ends at 90 km.
thermosphere
upper most layer of the Earth's atmosphere, "thermo" means heat, dividedinto two layers- ionosphere and exosphere, air is very thin and very hot.
ionosphere
lower layer of the thermosphere, runs from 80 km to 550 km
exosphere
upper layer of the thermosphere, "exo" means outer, runs from 550 km forthousands of kilometers until the atmosphere fades into deep space.