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    Atmospheric circulation driven by uneven heating of the Earth by the Sun


Image courtesy UCAR, March 31, 2009.

Questions for thought

  1. How does temperature vary with altitude?
  2. How does pressure vary with altitude?
  3. What happens to balloons at high altitude?
  4. Is the atmosphere homogenous in its composition or layered by the atomic weight of its components?
    See The Atmosphere, Atmospheric Composition