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Ch 20: Intro to Atmospheric Science

About This Chapter

Watch atmospheric science video lessons and learn about the water cycle, weather patterns, forces that shape the earth and more. Take the quizzes that follow each lesson to check your understanding.

Intro to Atmospheric Science - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The earth has been changed throughout time by internal and external forces. This chapter will help you discover more about the forces that have shaped the earth as we know it today. Our lessons will help you to explore topics like global warming, the water cycle, climate and weather patterns. After finishing this chapter, you will have learned about things like:

  • External and internal forces that impact the Earth's surface
  • Effect of weather elements on the atmospheric cycle
  • Impact of weather patterns on climate
  • Causes of global warming and effect on climate
  • Stages of the water cycle
  • The nitrogen and carbon cycles

VideoObjective
The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface Discover what internal and external forces have shaped the Earth.
Temperature, Clouds, Wind & Humidity on the Atmospheric Cycle Explore how things like wind and humidity can affect the atmosphere.
Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate Analyze a how a climate changes based on its weather.
Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate Take a look at global warming, and study the causes and effects.
Cycles of Matter: The Nitrogen Cycle and the Carbon Cycle See how matter is affected by the nitrogen and carbon cycles.

5 Lessons in Chapter 20: Intro to Atmospheric Science
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

There are many geologic processes that shape the surface of the Earth. Not only do they build and destroy a variety of landscapes, but they also give us clues to the interior of the Earth and the forces that exist there.

Temperature, Clouds, Wind & Humidity on the Atmospheric Cycle

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

Weather is the current state of the atmosphere and is determined by factors like temperature, pressure and humidity. These factors that cause periodic changes in the Earth's air masses are explored in this lesson.

Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

3. 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.

Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate

4. Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate

Global warming is a multifaceted, complex issue. It involves both natural and human causes that can increase the amount of greenhouse gases. This lesson looks at some of the facts about global warming and how they could contribute to climate change.

Cycles of Matter: The Nitrogen Cycle and the Carbon Cycle

5. 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.

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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