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Why are some scientists concerned about an increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?
a) An increase would cause an overall heating up of the Earth's atmosphere. b) An increase would cause energy to flow from energy sinks to energy sources. c) An increase would cause more ultraviolet energy to strike the Earth's outer atmosphere. d) An increase would change the decay rate of C14
In the Earth's atmosphere, the best absorbers of infrared radiation are water vapor and
a) carbon dioxide b) hydrogen c) oxygen d) nitrogen
A greenhouse stays relatively warm on a sunny winter day. Which statement best explains this fact?
a) The greenhouse traps long-wave infrared radiation. b) Sunlight is changed to shorter wavelength radiation. c) The plants growing in the greenhouse produce heat. d) Glass is an excellent absorber of sunlight.
Most of the energy in the Earth's atmosphere comes from
a) radiation from the Earth and insolation from the Sun b) radioactive decay of elements and radiation from the Earth c) the rotation of the Earth and wind from the Earth d) the rotation and revolution of the Earth
Which two gases can absorb outgoing infrared radiation, leading to an increase in atmospheric temperature?
a) water vapor and carbon dioxide b) water vapor and hydrogen c) ozone and nitrogen d) oxygen and carbon dioxide
Water vapor and carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere are good absorbers of
a) infrared radiation b) visible radiation c) ultraviolet radiation d) x rays
The average air temperature on the Earth may increase as a result of the ability of carbon dioxide and water vapor to absorb
a) infrared radiation b) gamma radiation c) radio waves d) visible light
Why are carbon dioxide and water vapor called the greenhouse gases?
a) They are good absorbers of infrared radiation. b) They are good reflectors of infrared radiation. c) They are found in fixed amounts in Earth's bedrock. d) They are found in varying amounts in Earth's atmosphere.
If the amount of greenhouse gases were to increase for a very long time, the atmosphere on Earth would become most like the atmosphere of
a) Venus b) Mercury c) Jupiter d) Saturn
Earth’s atmosphere is warmed when
a) infrared radiation emitted by Earth is absorbed by carbon dioxide and water vapor in the atmosphere b) gamma radiation emitted by Earth is absorbed by carbon dioxide and water vapor in the atmosphere c) x-ray radiation emitted by Earth is absorbed by nitrogen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere d) ultraviolet radiation emitted by Earth is absorbed by nitrogen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
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