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The Structure & Characteristics of Earth's Atmosphere - Chapter Summary
Our expert instructors cover the important characteristics of the Earth's atmosphere in these video lessons. The major components of the atmosphere are covered as well as information on temperature, the atmospheric cycle, and energy transfer. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Identify the major components of the atmosphere
- Explain the structure of the Earth's atmosphere
- Discuss the atmospheric cycle, including temperature, humidity, clouds, and wind
- Describe energy transfer in the atmosphere, oceans, and Earth's interior
The short lessons in this chapter, allow you to learn on your own time, and at your own pace, and the video tags allow you to go back to review portions of the videos without rewatching the whole thing. You can also use the lesson quizzes to you to check your understanding as you go through the lesson.
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.
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.
3. 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.
4. Energy Transfer in Earth's Interior, Atmosphere & Ocean
Energy transfer in the atmosphere, ocean, and Earth's interior occurs as a result of three basic processes: convection, conduction, and radiation. In this lesson, you will explore these three processes in more detail through common examples.
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Other chapters within the MTTC Earth/Space Science (020): Practice & Study Guide course
- Foundations of Earth Science
- Basics of Inquiry & Research in Earth & Space Science
- Scientific Data & Calculations
- Laboratory Equipment, Safety & Procedures
- Scientific Tools Used in Earth & Space Science
- Earth's Formation & Structure
- Plate Tectonics, Continental Drift & Ocean Formations
- Understanding Earthquakes
- Rocks & Minerals
- Effect of Weathering, Erosion & Deposition
- Geologic Time & Earth's History
- Environmental Impacts of Earth's Natural Resources
- Properties of Water & the Hydrologic Cycle
- Ocean Formation & Characteristics
- Earth's Groundwater
- Earth's Fresh Water
- Global Water Issues
- Wind, Air Masses & ENSO in Atmospheric Circulation
- Clouds, Condensation & Precipitation
- Weather Conditions, Patterns & Severe Weather
- Climate Change & Air Pollution
- The Sun-Earth-Moon System
- Solar Radiation, Energy & Light
- Celestial Orbit Characteristics
- Formation of the Solar System
- Celestial Bodies in the Solar System
- Kepler & Newton's Laws of Motion
- Star Types & Life Cycle
- Origins & Theories of the Universe
- Introduction to the History of Astronomy
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