Earth's Atmosphere: Components & Structure


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Which of the following layers of the atmosphere contains most airplanes?

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1. In which of these layers does the International Space Station orbit?

2. Which of these layers is the furthest from the Earth?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Quickly determine the depth of your knowledge regarding the characteristics of the Earth's atmosphere with this effective quiz/worksheet assessment tool. You must be familiar with the term that describes each layer of the atmosphere to be successful on this quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You must do the following to do well on this assessment:

  • Identify the layer of the atmosphere where most planes fly
  • Name the layer in which the International Space Station orbits
  • Recognize the layer furthest from the Earth
  • State the most common gas found in Earth's atmosphere
  • Explain why most of the gases in the atmosphere are near Earth's surface

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about why atmospheric gases are near the Earth's surface and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the layer of the atmosphere furthest from the surface of the Earth
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the layers of the atmosphere that contain airplanes and the International Space Station

Additional Learning

Your knowledge level regarding this topic will rise when you refer to the lesson titled Earth's Atmosphere: Components & Structure. Details covered in this lesson include:

  • What the radius of the Earth is
  • How we distinguish between the layers of the Earth's atmosphere
  • Which layer contains 80% of the mass of the atmosphere
  • How many miles above the Earth each layer covers
  • How much of the atmosphere contains oxygen