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Atmospheric Instability & Limitations on Lifting Unstable Air

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Which of the following factors would cause a parcel of air to rise in the atmosphere?

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1. What type of lifting involves the lateral movement of air masses of two different temperatures?

2. Which of the following parcels of air are likely to be the MOST stable?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use these tools to test your knowledge of atmospheric instability and the lifting of unstable air.The quiz also covers the factors that limit the lifting of a parcel of air, as well as the layer of Earth's atmosphere where clouds are predominantly found.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Here are some topics that are tested in this quiz:

  • Factors that limit the lifting of a parcel of air
  • The most stable parcels of air
  • Lateral movement of air masses

Skills Practiced

Some skills you get to exercise as you work through these tools are:

  • Making connections - recall the information concerning parcels of air to determine what conditions are the most stable
  • Defining key terms - determine the definition for the type of lifting that involves the lateral movement of air masses of two different temperatures
  • Information recall - identify the layer of Earth's atmosphere that is most likely to contain clouds

Additional Learning

Learn more about atmospheric instability and the lifting of unstable air using the lesson entitled Atmospheric Instability & Limitations on Lifting Unstable Air. Topics that are explored within the lesson include:

  • Convection
  • The environmental lapse rate
  • Orographic lifting
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