Types of Atmospheric Lapse Rates


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What's the main difference been dry and wet adiabatic lapse rates?

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1. As air rises, what happens?

2. Why does the rate of cooling slow down in the wet adiabatic lapse rate?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet will test your understanding of lapse rate types. You'll need to know the main difference between dry and wet adiabatic lapse rates and what happens as air rises.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Find out how well you know how to:

  • Identify why the rate of cooling slows down in the wet adiabatic lapse rate
  • Recognize how the environmental lapse rate is different from the adiabatic lapse rate
  • Explain the standard atmosphere

Skills Practiced

These skills will be practiced:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on lapse rate types
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about what happens when air rises in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as environmental lapse rate and the adiabatic lapse rate

Additional Learning

Review this lesson entitled Types of Atmospheric Lapse Rates to learn more about this subject. Once you've completed the lesson, you will have covered the following study points:

  • Define lapse rates
  • Understand what it means when air is saturated
  • Identify the wet adiabatic lapse rate
  • Explain international standard atmosphere