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DICKSON: 6.1 Vocab

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TermDefinition
atmosphere a thin layer of gases surrounding the earth
water vapor water in its gaseous form.
troposphere the atmospheric layer closest to the Earth's surface.
stratosphere the second layer away from the Earth's surface.
ozone layer the area of the stratosphere with a high concentration of O3.
ionosphere the region within the mesosphere and the thermosphere that contains ions.
nitrogen most abundant gas in the atmosphere.
oxygen the gas in the atmosphere that animals use as they breath.
radiation the transfer of energy by electromagnetic waves
conduction the transfer of thermal energy by collisions between particles of matter.
convection the transfer of thermal energy by the movement of matter from one place to another.
stability describes whether circulating air motions are strong or weak.
temperature inversion occurs in the troposphere when temperature increases as altitude increases.
reflection the throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it.
absorption the process or action by which one thing absorbs or is absorbed by another.
Created by: dicksona