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Ch 11: Earth's Atmosphere, Weather & Climate

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Bite-sized lessons, mini quizzes and additional resources in this chapter can quickly improve your knowledge of Earth's atmosphere, weather and climate. These study tools are available around-the-clock in a secure online environment and can simplify the process of preparing for a test.

Earth's Atmosphere, Weather & Climate - Chapter Summary

If you need a quick refresher of Earth's atmosphere, weather and climate, you've reached the right place! In this chapter, expert instructors have developed fun lessons you can study to ensure you understand the atmosphere on Earth, natural factors that determine a region's climate and other related topics. After completing this chapter, you will be able to:

  • List and describe three levels of atmospheric circulation
  • Detail the process of water molecules turning into precipitation
  • Define and describe the nitrogen cycle and carbon cycle
  • Explain how the ecosystem receives energy from the sun
  • Describe how the sun works as a source of energy for winds, currents and the water cycle
  • Share the definition of solar energy and explain how it affects Earth's temperature
  • Discuss the impact natural phenomena have on Earth's climate
  • Provide evidence that humans are a cause of Earth's climate change

This chapter lets you study these concepts at a pace that suits your personal schedule and study habits. Access any lessons you desire during the timeframes you prefer and as often as you'd like until you're satisfied that you have a quality understanding of Earth's atmosphere, weather and climate. If you want to confirm your knowledge of the lessons, feel free to take our multiple-choice quizzes and chapter exam. Any questions you develop while exploring this chapter can easily be submitted to our subject-matter experts using the Dashboard.

10 Lessons in Chapter 11: Earth's Atmosphere, Weather & Climate
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The Atmosphere on Earth

1. The Atmosphere on Earth

This lesson describes the evolution of the Earth's atmosphere, from its ancient past to the present day to how it's being changed by humans today. You'll learn about how outgassing, photosynthesis, and oceans all played a role in its formation, what air is composed of, and the real effect of human pollution on our changing atmosphere.

The Three Levels of Atmospheric Circulation

2. The Three Levels of Atmospheric Circulation

Air in the atmosphere circulates in three convection cells from north to south. This lesson looks at the formation of these different air cells and what they mean for global weather and atmospheric circulation.

Precipitation Forming Processes

3. Precipitation Forming Processes

In this lesson, you will learn how water molecules turn into precipitation. Also, you will discover how varying conditions can lead to different types of precipitation.

Cycles of Matter: The Nitrogen Cycle and the Carbon Cycle

4. Cycles of Matter: The Nitrogen Cycle and the Carbon Cycle

Matter is constantly cycled between living and nonliving parts of the environment. Processes like photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation allow the carbon and nitrogen cycles to regenerate needed substances by recycling Earth's atoms.

How the Sun Provides Energy within the Ecosystem

5. How the Sun Provides Energy within the Ecosystem

In this lesson, we'll be looking at how the Sun provides energy for all life on Earth. Here you can learn about what powers the Sun and how that energy gets from outer space to Earth to help us feed the whole planet!

The Sun as a Source of Energy for Winds, Currents & the Water Cycle

6. The Sun as a Source of Energy for Winds, Currents & the Water Cycle

View this lesson to learn how energy from the sun powers our winds, ocean currents and the water cycle. Learn how the winds, ocean currents and the water cycle react to the energy from the sun.

Solar Energy: Effects on Earth's Temperature

7. Solar Energy: Effects on Earth's Temperature

In this video lesson, learn about solar energy and how it affects temperatures on Earth. You will also learn what causes changes in day length and why some parts of Earth experience seasonal differences throughout the year.

Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

8. 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 Impact of Natural Phenomena on Earth's Climate

9. The Impact of Natural Phenomena on Earth's Climate

Natural phenomena can have a great impact on the earth's weather and climate. In this lesson, we will explore the different types of phenomena that affect our climate and their effects.

Evidence of Human-Induced Climate Change

10. Evidence of Human-Induced Climate Change

What is climate change, and why is it happening? Learn about the science behind global warming, and the evidence that humans are the primary cause of climate change.

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