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Ch 3: The Atmosphere and the Environment

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Learn about the atmosphere and the environment through this series of video lessons. These tutorials are just part of our AP Environmental Science exam preparation course.

The Atmosphere and the Environment - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Learn about the various components that make up Earth's atmosphere, and explore causes and effects of global climate change in this set of video tutorials. This chapter also covers greenhouse gases, various types of air pollution and efforts to slow increasing temperatures. By the end of this series of lessons, you should be able to:

  • Discuss what makes each layer of the atmosphere unique.
  • Explain the influence of solar radiation on the global climate.
  • Describe how factors like pressure and humidity cause periodic changes in the Earth's air masses.
  • Detail research and policies that have been instrumental in recovering the ozone layer.
  • Identify the five main greenhouse gases.
  • Give examples of the damage that acid deposition can cause to natural ecosystems and man-made structures.

VideoObjective
Major Components of the Atmosphere & Their Effect on Ozone DepletionIdentify the major components of Earth's atmosphere, as well as how much there is of each.
The Structure of the AtmosphereLearn about the different layers of the atmosphere.
What is Solar Radiation? - Definition & EffectsLearn how solar radiation allows us to survive.
Temperature, Clouds, Wind & Humidity on the Atmospheric CycleExplore how factors like temperature, pressure and humidity determine the current state of the atmosphere.
Climate Classifications & Their Global DistributionIdentify the five major climate classifications on Earth, as well as where on Earth these climates are found.
Natural Factors that Determine a Region's ClimateExplore how the atmosphere, ocean currents, landforms, plate tectonics and other factors affect weather patterns, which determine climate.
Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on ClimateExamine facts about global warming and how they could contribute to climate change.
What is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & TypesIdentify the six classes of air pollutants identified by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air Act of 1970.
Controlling Air Pollution: How Developed & Developing Nations DifferLearn how air pollution is controlled in developed and developing nations. Also, learn about the U.S. Clean Air Act and how it's evolved to address air pollution in the U.S.
What is Indoor Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & EffectsExplore the harmful effects of indoor air pollution, and gain an understanding of the sources of indoor air pollution and how they differ between developed and developing nations.
Greenhouse Gases and the Enhanced Greenhouse EffectLearn how unnaturally high concentrations of greenhouse gases are leading to an enhanced greenhouse effect and global climate change on Earth.
Global Climate Change: Effects and Mitigation StrategiesExamine potential effects of global climate change, and learn how some people are working to better understand climate change in order to slow the rate of temperature increase on Earth.
The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of ThinningLearn about the importance of the ozone layer and how it's depleted.
Acid Deposition: Definition, Causes & EffectsExplore the causes of acid deposition and how it forms in the atmosphere.

15 Lessons in Chapter 3: The Atmosphere and the Environment
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Major Components of the Atmosphere

1. Major Components of the Atmosphere

Our atmosphere is a complex mixture of many different gases. In this video lesson you will identify the major components of Earth's atmosphere as well as how much there is of each.

The Structure of the Atmosphere

2. 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.

What is Solar Radiation? - Definition & Effects

3. What is Solar Radiation? - Definition & Effects

The sun plays an important role to us on Earth. It provides many things such as light and warmth. But, what is solar radiation and how does it affect us? In this video lesson, you'll learn about solar radiation, how it allows us to survive, and the influence it has on our global climate.

Temperature, Clouds, Wind & Humidity on the Atmospheric Cycle

4. 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.

Climate Classifications & Their Global Distribution

5. Climate Classifications & Their Global Distribution

Earth has many climates, but we can categorize them based on common characteristics. In this video lesson you will identify the 5 major climate classifications on Earth, as well as where on Earth these climates are found.

Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

6. 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

7. 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.

What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types

8. 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

9. 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.

Controlling Air Pollution: How Developed & Developing Nations Differ

10. 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.

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

11. 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.

Greenhouse Gases and the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

12. Greenhouse Gases and the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

In this video lesson, you will learn about the five main greenhouse gases and how their unnaturally high concentrations are leading to the enhanced greenhouse effect and global climate change on Earth.

Global Climate Change: Effects and Mitigation Strategies

13. Global Climate Change: Effects and Mitigation Strategies

In this video lesson, you will learn about the potential effects of global climate change. You will also learn how some are working to better understand climate change in order to slow the rate of temperature increase on Earth.

The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning

14. 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.

Acid Deposition: Definition, Causes & Effects

15. Acid Deposition: Definition, Causes & Effects

In this video lesson, you will learn what causes acid deposition and how it forms in the atmosphere. You will also see some examples of the damage that acid deposition can cause to natural ecosystems and man-made structures.

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