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Ch1 Atmosphere

Term Definition
Atmosphere the envelope of gases surrounding the earth or another planet
Stratosphere the layer of the earth's atmosphere above the troposphere, extending to about 32 miles (50 km) above the earth's surface (the lower boundary of the mesosphere
Troposphere the lowest region of the atmosphere, extending from the earth's surface to a height of about 3.7–6.2 miles (6–10 km), which is the lower boundary of the stratosphere
Thermosphere the region of the atmosphere above the mesosphere and below the height at which the atmosphere ceases to have the properties of a continuous medium. The thermosphere is characterized throughout by an increase in temperature with height
Air pressure
Thermal conduction
Global warming
Greenhouse effect
Coriolis effect
Trade winds
Polar easterlies
Jet stream
Air pollution
Acid precipitation

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