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Atmosphere Science and the Environment - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
The earth's atmosphere plays a large role in our lives. It protects us and helps us in many ways. There are a lot of changes in the atmosphere, though. In part, this change is due to our actions, but it is also due to natural causes. As you will learn in this lesson, the atmosphere is affected by things like climate, temperature and air pollution. You will learn about damage to the atmosphere and how the environment is changed due to the atmosphere. Some of the other things that will be discussed in these lessons include:
- Forces that shape the earth
- Humidity's effect on the atmosphere
- Five greenhouse gases
- Global climate change
- Air pollution control
- Classes of air pollutants
|The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface||Study the forces - internal and external - that shape the surface of the earth.|
|Solar Energy: Effects on Earth's Temperature||Learn about how solar energy effects Earth's temperature.|
|Temperature, Clouds, Wind & Humidity on the Atmospheric Cycle||Take a look at how temperature, pressure, humidity, clouds and wind effect the atmosphere.|
|Natural Factors That Determine A Region's Climate||Find out how the weather patterns in an area determine its climate.|
|The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth Surface||Analyze the causes of global warming and the effects this has on climate.|
|Greenhouse Gases and the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect||Examine the five main greenhouse gases and the greenhouse effect.|
|Global Climate Change: Effects and Mitigation Strategies||Explore potential effects of climate change on a global level.|
|The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning||See how the stratospheric ozone layer is important and how ozone thinning happens.|
|Acid Deposition: Definition, Causes & Effects||Study how acid deposition develops.|
|What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types||Take a look at air pollution, including primary and secondary air pollutants and classes of air pollutants.|
|Controlling Air Pollution: How Developed & Developing Nations Differ||Learn about the effects of the Clean Air Act on U.S. air pollution.|
|What Is Indoor Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Effects||Find out about the sources of indoor air pollution and the effects of indoor air pollution in developing countries.|
1. The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface
There are many geologic processes that shape the surface of the Earth. Not only do they build and destroy a variety of landscapes, but they also give us clues to the interior of the Earth and the forces that exist there.
2. Solar Energy: Effects on Earth's Temperature
In this video lesson, learn about solar energy and how it affects temperatures on Earth. You will also learn what causes changes in day length and why some parts of Earth experience seasonal differences throughout the year.
3. Temperature, Clouds, Wind & Humidity on the Atmospheric Cycle
Weather is the current state of the atmosphere and is determined by factors like temperature, pressure and humidity. These factors that cause periodic changes in the Earth's air masses are explored in this lesson.
4. Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate
Climate is influenced by factors like atmosphere, ocean currents, landforms and plate tectonics. This lesson explains how these effects affect our weather patterns, which determine climate.
5. Greenhouse Gases and the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect
In this video lesson, you will learn about the five main greenhouse gases and how their unnaturally high concentrations are leading to the enhanced greenhouse effect and global climate change on Earth.
6. Global Climate Change: Effects and Mitigation Strategies
In this video lesson, you will learn about the potential effects of global climate change. You will also learn how some are working to better understand climate change in order to slow the rate of temperature increase on Earth.
7. The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning
In this lesson, you will learn the importance of the ozone layer and how it is depleted. You will also study the research and policy that has been instrumental in its recovery.
8. Acid Deposition: Definition, Causes & Effects
In this video lesson, you will learn what causes acid deposition and how it forms in the atmosphere. You will also see some examples of the damage that acid deposition can cause to natural ecosystems and man-made structures.
9. What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types
In this video lesson, you will learn about the sources and types of air pollution. You will be able to identify the six classes of air pollutants identified by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air Act of 1970.
10. Controlling Air Pollution: How Developed & Developing Nations Differ
In this lesson, you will learn how air pollution is controlled in developed and developing nations. You will also learn about the U.S. Clean Air Act and how it has evolved over the years to address air pollution in the United States.
11. What Is Indoor Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Effects
In this video lesson, you will learn the harmful effects of indoor air pollution. You will also gain an understanding of the sources of indoor air pollution, and how they differ between developed and developing nations.
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- Biological Science
- Pollution of Freshwater Resources
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- Land Resources
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- Environmental Sustainability
- Environmental Risk Analysis
- Ethical and Political Processes of the Environment
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