Ch 5: Atmospheric Science and the Environment: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Atmospheric Science and the Environment chapter of this Environmental Science Help and Review course is the simplest way to understand atmospheric science and the environment. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of atmospheric science and the environment.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering college environmental science material will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better grades. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding atmospheric science and the environment or the effects of climate change.
  • Need an efficient way to learn about atmospheric science and the environment.
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools.
  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD.
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers.
  • Missed class time and need to catch up.
  • Can't access extra science learning resources at school.

How it works:

  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Atmospheric Science and the Environment chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Atmospheric Science and the Environment chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any relevant question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • How do external and internal factors affect the Earth's surface?
  • How does solar energy impact temperature?
  • How do clouds, humidity, wind and other factors affect the atmospheric cycle?
  • What are the five primary groups of greenhouse gases?
  • What are some consequences of global climate change?
  • Why is the ozone layer important?
  • How does acid deposition occur?
  • What are the different types of air pollution?

21 Lessons in Chapter 5: Atmospheric Science and the Environment: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface

1. The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface

The planet we live on is not static, or still, but dynamic, and always changing. Learn how the surface of the Earth is influenced by internal forces in its inner layers, how seismologists can map the surface based on earthquake activity, and the impact of external forces such as faults, tsunamis, volcanoes, mantle plume, weathering, erosion, and deposition.

Solar Energy: Effects on Earth's Temperature

2. Solar Energy: Effects on Earth's Temperature

Solar energy (energy that comes from the sun) warms the Earth and makes it hospitable. Discover how the Earth's shape affects its temperature, how its tilt affects seasons and day length, and how solar energy creates solstices and equinoxes.

Temperature, Clouds, Wind & Humidity on the Atmospheric Cycle

3. Temperature, Clouds, Wind & Humidity on the Atmospheric Cycle

The weather, or current state of the atmospheric cycle, is determined by five primary factors. Learn more about the factors that determine the state of the atmosphere and weather, including temperature, air pressure, humidity, cloudiness, and wind.

Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

4. Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

Climate and weather are related terms that have different meanings. Weather is the condition of the atmosphere at a specific time and place, whereas climate is the long-term average of the weather patterns in an area. Learn about climate, the difference between weather and climate, and the natural factors (atmospheric effects, heat distribution, landforms, & continents) that determine the climate for a region.

Greenhouse Gases and the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

5. Greenhouse Gases and the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

Human activity has a measurable effect on our climate. Learn about the greenhouse effect and its gases, and examine what happens when there is an imbalance of gases in the atmosphere.

Global Climate Change: Effects and Mitigation Strategies

6. Global Climate Change: Effects and Mitigation Strategies

In the last century, global climate change has taken effect in the form of altered weather patterns, rising temperatures, and more intense storms and droughts. Learn about the changing climate on Earth, extreme weather patterns, and the effects and mitigation strategies for global climate change.

The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning

7. The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning

The ozone layer of the Earth absorbs the ultraviolet radiation coming from the Sun. Learn about the importance of ozone, discover how CFCs break down the ozone, explore the early discoveries about harmful effects of CFCs and the thinning of the ozone layer, and determine policies in place to protect the ozone.

Acid Deposition: Definition, Causes & Effects

8. Acid Deposition: Definition, Causes & Effects

Acid deposition is a common process in the atmosphere, but has many different causes and effects. In this lesson, look at what acid deposition is, how it harms nature, and how it harms human structures.

What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types

9. What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types

Air pollution is a mixture of harmful particles and gases in the atmosphere. Learn the definition of air pollution, discover its sources, and explore the different types of air pollutants that exist.

Controlling Air Pollution: How Developed & Developing Nations Differ

10. Controlling Air Pollution: How Developed & Developing Nations Differ

Learn about and explore ways to control air pollution, atmosphere contamination through harmful substances like gases and chemicals. Review the Clean Air Act and the Kyoto Protocol, and read how different nations try to control pollution.

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

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

Indoor air pollution is the presence of particles such as dust, dirt, or toxins in indoor air, often caused by burning solid fuels indoors. Learn the definition of indoor air pollution and its sources, then explore its effects in developing and developed countries.

Photochemical Smog: Definition, Formation & Effects

12. Photochemical Smog: Definition, Formation & Effects

Photochemical smog is a pollutant created when smog reacts with sunlight. Learn about photochemical smog and its chemical makeup, the ideal conditions for it, and ways to decrease the intrusive haze.

Organic Acids: Properties, Production & Examples

13. Organic Acids: Properties, Production & Examples

Organic acids are compounds that contain properties that are acidic, meaning they contain at least one carbon atom. Learn more about the definition, properties, production, and examples of organic acids such as carboxylic acid, sulfonic acid, and alcohol.

What is Radon? - Definition, Facts & Effects

14. What is Radon? - Definition, Facts & Effects

A noble gas that is radioactive and a leading cause of lung cancer, radon is a gas to be on the lookout for. Want to understand how to spot radon? Continue reading to learn about radon, its facts, and effects.

Three Processes That Fix Atmospheric Nitrogen

15. Three Processes That Fix Atmospheric Nitrogen

There are three major ways in which atmospheric nitrogen is fixed into compounds that plants and animals can use. Learn about these processes and take a quiz at the end.

What Is the Role of Water in the Carbon Cycle?

16. What Is the Role of Water in the Carbon Cycle?

The carbon cycle is important in our world in sustaining life and water plays a big part in it. Learn more about what is the carbon cycle is, the steps of the cycle and the role of oceans, precipitation and groundwater.

How Does Acid Rain Affect Humans & Animals?

17. How Does Acid Rain Affect Humans & Animals?

In this experiment, we'll be studying the effects of acid rain on humans and animals. To do this, we'll be looking at the effect of acid on calcium carbonate, an important biological component of both humans, animals and the environments we live in.

How Does Acid Rain Affect Plants & Plant Growth?

18. How Does Acid Rain Affect Plants & Plant Growth?

In this experiment, you'll be testing the affects of acidic water on plant growth and development. By the end of the experiment, you'll understand the impact of acid rain on the ecosystem.

Air Pollution Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

19. Air Pollution Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Air pollution is a serious problem that is caused by man-made gases and chemicals released into the air. Learn about common sources of chemical pollution of the atmosphere and other types of air pollution, and ways that kids can help combat air pollution.

What are Elements of Nature?

20. What are Elements of Nature?

Elements don't have to be boring. This lesson uses some pretty cool facts, stories, and history to help you learn about some important elements found in nature: hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur, and phosphorus.

Air Lift: Definition & Processes

21. Air Lift: Definition & Processes

Air can flow, and be lifted through four main processes known as lifting mechanisms. Explore these processes--orographic lifting, frontal lifting, convergence, and convective lifting--and how they contribute to observable weather patterns.

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