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Ch 6: Atmosphere, Climate & Air Pollution

About This Chapter

Demonstrate your current understanding of or learn new facts about the atmosphere, climate and air pollution using these text and video lessons. Refer to this chapter if you're studying for an environmental science test or for college entrance or student assessment exams.

Atmosphere, Climate & Air Pollution - Chapter Summary

What helps to determine a region's climate? How can air pollution be controlled? What is the structure of the atmosphere? These are the kinds of topics you can expect to explore when you use the short but detailed lessons in this chapter.

You'll have the opportunity to review information about acid rain, the ozone layer, global warming, smog, types of air pollution and more. After you have completed your study of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe the structure of the atmosphere
  • List the factors that influence an area's climate
  • Explain how fossil fuels and greenhouse gases impact global warming
  • Discuss the chemicals that make up air
  • Identify sources and types of air pollution
  • Define photochemical smog and indoor air pollution
  • Detail the concept of temperature inversions
  • Name measures for controlling industrial and vehicular pollution
  • Provide details about legislation and other means to control air pollution in the U.S. and other countries

Lessons provide expert instruction, illustrations and examples to clarify this material and make it quick and easy to learn. Access lessons at any time on any device and even print transcripts to create study tools if desired. Test your knowledge of each topic with self-assessment quizzes before moving from one lesson to the next.

12 Lessons in Chapter 6: Atmosphere, Climate & Air Pollution
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Structure of the Atmosphere

1. The Structure of the Atmosphere

If you've ever climbed a mountain or been to the beach, you know that the atmosphere is different at different levels. This lesson explains how the structure of the atmosphere is really like a layer cake.

Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

2. 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.

The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning

3. 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.

Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, and Global Warming

4. Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, and Global Warming

In this video lesson, you'll learn what roles fossil fuels and greenhouse gases play in global warming, as well as what life on Earth can expect due to rising carbon dioxide levels within Earth's atmosphere.

Air's Chemical Composition & Environmental Effects

5. Air's Chemical Composition & Environmental Effects

Air is all around us. We breathe in air every second, of every day. We couldn't survive without it. In this lesson, we will learn about the chemicals that make up air. We will look at sources of air pollution, the effect it has on us, and the environment we live in.

What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types

6. 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.

Photochemical Smog: Definition, Formation & Effects

7. Photochemical Smog: Definition, Formation & Effects

In this lesson, we will learn about photochemical smog, a common type of pollutant. We'll cover what photochemical smog is, how it is different from other types of pollution, how it is formed, and how to decrease it.

The Effects of Inversions

8. The Effects of Inversions

Temperature inversions change the stability and dynamic of air movement in the atmosphere. Here, we will explore what temperature inversions are and their effects on weather patterns.

Acid Rain: Effects & Causes

9. Acid Rain: Effects & Causes

This lesson will focus on the environmental problem known as acid rain. It will also explore the causes and effects of acid rain, how it is measured, and what is being done to reduce it.

What Is Indoor Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Effects

10. 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.

Controlling Industrial & Vehicular Air Pollution

11. Controlling Industrial & Vehicular Air Pollution

In this lesson, we look at the efforts made to reduce air pollution from industrial and vehicular sources. We discuss the Clean Air Act, the EPA, and the technological advances over the last 50 years.

Controlling Air Pollution: How Developed & Developing Nations Differ

12. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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