Ten Things To know about the atmosphere
1. The sky is falling! (or at least the clouds)
2. Most of the water isn't in the clouds.
3. The earth gets more energy from the sky than the sun.
4. The sky is purple and the clouds are white.
5. The atmosphere is thin and has a fuzzy edge.
6. The wind blows from high pressure to low, except when it doesn't.
7. The atmosphere warms from the bottom, cools from the top.
8. The atmosphere warms at the equator, cools at the poles.
9. The ocean and atmosphere work together.
10. The most important part of the atmosphere is at the top.
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Layers Of Atmosphere
NASA - Climate Kids
Children can learn and explore about the earth's atmosphere and all its components through interactive games. Great activity for during computer lab or independent work time!
Learn more about the layers of the atmosphere including details about the temperatures and size of each.
Learn more about the purpose of the atmosphere and how it relates to climate, weather, clouds and wind.
Words to know
Atmosphere: the gaseous envelope surrounding the earth; the air
Troposphere: the lowest layer of the atmosphere, 6 miles (10 km) high in someareas and as much as 12 miles (20 km) high in others, within whichthere is a steady drop in temperature with increasing altitude and within which nearly all cloud formations occur and weather conditions manifest themselves.
Stratosphere: the region of the upper atmosphere extending upward from thetropopause to about 30 miles (50 km) above the earth, characterized by little vertical change in temperature.
Mesosphere: the region between the ionosphere and the exosphere, extending from about 250–650 miles (400–1050 km) above thesurface of the earth.
Thermosphere: the region of the upper atmosphere in which temperature increasescontinuously with altitude, encompassing essentially all of the atmosphere above the mesosphere.
Exosphere: the highest region of the atmosphere, where the air density is so lowthat a fast-moving air molecule is more than 50 percent likely toescape from the atmosphere instead of hitting other molecules.
Climate: the composite or generally prevailing weather conditions of a region, as temperature, air pressure, humidity, precipitation, sunshine, cloudiness, and winds, throughout the year, averaged over a series of years.
Weather: the state of the atmosphere with respect to wind, temperature, cloudiness, moisture, pressure, etc.
Definitions from dictionary.com
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