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Chapter 3, THE ATMOSPHERE Composition Vertical Structure Depletion of the Ozone Layer Air Pollution Weather and Climate Coriolis effect. Page 49. The Environmental spheres. p. 6/7. Air. Hydrosphere. Water. Atmosphere. Biosphere. Lithosphere. Green stuff. Land.

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Chapter 3, THE ATMOSPHERE

Composition

Vertical Structure

Depletion of the Ozone Layer

Air Pollution

Weather and Climate

Coriolis effect

Page 49


The Environmental spheres

p. 6/7

Air

Hydrosphere

Water

Atmosphere

Biosphere

Lithosphere

Green stuff

Land


98% of its mass is concentrated at very low altitudes, within 26 km or 16 mi of sea level. Pressure?


Why the atmosphere is essential to our life
Why the Atmosphere is essential to our life? the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity

  • The Atmosphere is a thin film of air which serves as insulator,maintaining the temperatures on Earth.

    * Without atmosphere, Earth would experience t extremes as 200 deg. C (500 deg. F) between day and night.

  • The Atmosphere serves as a shieldblocking out much of the sun’s UV radiation and protecting us from meteor showers. What are the temperatures on the Moon?


Weather and climate
Weather and Climate the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity

  • Weather refers to short- run atmospheric conditionsfor a given time in a specific area (temperature, humidity, clouds, precipitation, wind, storms, etc.)

  • Climate- weather conditions over a long periodof time ( at least three decades)

  • Elements of weather and climate: temperature, moisture content, pressure and wind

  • The Controls: latitude, distribution of land and water, general circulation of the atmosphere, altitude, topographic barriers, storms


p. 50 the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity


An inert gas the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity


Permanent gases min effect on weather climate
Permanent Gases- the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity min effect on weather & climate

  • Nitrogen- 78%, added to the air by the decay and burning of organic matter, volcanic eruptions, chemical breakdown of rocks; it is removed by some biological processes and rain or snow.

  • Oxygen- 21%, produced by vegetation, removed by organic and in organic processes

  • Argon- 0.037%- an inert gas


Variable gases significant influence on weather climate
Variable Gases- the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity significantinfluence on weather & climate

CO2- 0.037%- an increased burning of fossil fuels for the last century

Ozone- in the ozone layer- an absorber of ultraviolet solar radiation

Water Vapor- invisible, in moist surface areas (tropical oceans), deserts?

Particulates or Aerosols- solid and liquid particles- dust, ash, smoke, soil, ice, water


Ozonosphere- between 9-30 miles the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity


Vertical layers of the atmosphere
Vertical layers of the Atmosphere the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity

  • 1. Troposphere- water vapors, gases and small particles from pollution. Temperature decreases with increased altitude.

  • Normal Lapse Rate- 6.5 deg. C per 1000m (3.6 deg.F/1000ft)

  • 2. Stratosphere- constant temperature in the lower part

  • (- 57 deg. C, or -70 deg. F)

  • * Ozone layer- it absorbs the UV radiation- release of heat, increase of temperatures in the upper parts of the stratosphere. Water=ice clouds

  • 3. Mesosphere- t tend to drop

  • 4. Thermosphere- t increases


96 the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity

Temperature (Fº)


21 the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity

Ozonosphere lies between 15-50km (9-30 mi) above the surface.

It filters the UV energy from the sun.


57 the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity

Ozone hole/depletion over Antarctica

Ozone in the upper atmosphere is destroyed by chemical reaction to chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other gases- products of pollution. On the poles- no big cities but :

(1) the circulation patterns move from the tropics the polluted air to the poles and back.

(2) Austral winter- S. Pole- dark and cold, ozone is trapped with pollutants; Spring- the solar radiation dissolves the vortex and the ozone.

(3) Ice clouds in the stratosphere create ozone- destructive reaction.


Growing Ozone Hole over Antarctica the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity


47 the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity

Destruction of

Text pg. 21-24, 95-6, 290-1

CO2 & water vapor (greenhouse gases) impede the escape of long-wave R by absorbing it and then radiating it back to Earth.

Increased skin cancers


NEWSWEEK, 8/20/01 the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity

Maureen Reagan dies at age 60


LITTLE OZONE ANNIE the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity


Hot sunny, 105° F the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity


Air pollution and the industrial revolution
Air Pollution and the Industrial Revolution the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity

  • Primary pollutants-released directly into the air: particulates (aerosols), smoke, dust, salt, sulfur and nitrogen compounds, carbon oxides

  • Secondary pollutants- not released directly into the air (from chemical reactions): photochemical smog

    - A number of gases react to UV radiation in strong sunlight


59 the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity


Pinatubo erupting the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity


47 the surface) surrounding Earth, held to Earth by the force of gravity

BURNING OF FOSSIL FUELS


One degree Fahrenheit rise in temp. record of the entire earth’s surface during the 20th Century


72 earth’s surface during the 20


Equatorial Rainforest earth’s surface during the 20


Thermal Power Plant burning fossil fuels earth’s surface during the 20

coal

oil

natural gas

We are evaporating our coal mines into the air” --Svante Arhenius


12/5/95 earth’s surface during the 20


HIGHEST GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, 1989 earth’s surface during the 20


Jan feb 00 hottest on record
Jan., Feb. ’00 hottest on record earth’s surface during the 20

This is your planet on greenhouse gases

1/17/98


contrails earth’s surface during the 20


Heat wave deaths in Chicago Midwest = 529 but as high as 739 = 1,177 died

Average number of heat deaths per year is…

175


O’Hare max. temp.104ºF, 2 Midwest = 529 but as high as 739 = 1,177 diednd highest on record, had a heat index of maxing out at 119ºF. Dew point temps. were very high in the 70’s and 80’s . Midway, another airport, reached 106ºF with a heat index of 125ºF.


8/1/99 Bags of ice help cool chickens during a show at a county fair in Nebraska.

7/31/99 HEAT STRICKEN. A police officer gives water to Mary Prowls, 81, after he discovered her overcome by heat in her home.

Heat Wave, 1999

Deaths since 7/19 93 8/1 191, 80 in Illinois

LA has 20 days over 90 F Chicago has 21 days


Heat deaths: Chirac pledges action county fair in Nebraska. CNN Thursday, August 21, 2003

PARIS, France—French President Jacques Chirac has promised to remedy defects in his country’s health service in the wake of the heat wave that killed thousands of mainly elderly people.

The French funeral directors association said 10 418 had died during the first three weeks of August. The projected death toll for the month would be 13 632.

Temporary, air conditioned morgue


Coriolis Effect county fair in Nebraska.

p.63

Gaspard Gustave de Coriolis, 1792-1843


Ch. 5, p. 142 county fair in Nebraska.


62 county fair in Nebraska.

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warm

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Cold Labrador Current county fair in Nebraska.

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