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Posts tagged atmosphere

June 29, 2009

 

Small tilled field

Soil & CO2

You may already know that the earth stores lots of carbon in different places, like the in the ocean and plants. But are there any other major carbon stores?

April 13, 2009

 

Meteor rock from space

Bombed from Space

As a meteor passes into Earth's atmosphere it experiences tremendous air resistance on its front end, but very little on its back end.

February 18, 2009

 

Person holding small meteorite

Rocky Weather Forecasting

During a "meteor shower" bits of rocky material that enter our atmosphere from space burn up because of friction.

December 10, 2008

 

Assortment of contrails

Airplane Contrails

Why do airplanes sometimes leave long white contrails behind?

April 22, 2008

 

Red sunset over ocean

Red Sky at Night

People have been predicting weather since long before we had Doppler radar, and many of these prediction strategies have survived as popular folk sayings.

November 13, 2007

 

Arctic at sunset

Clouds Shining in the Night

If you ever visit the Arctic, you might see some really cool, luminescent clouds high up in the atmosphere. Scientists call them night shining clouds.

August 22, 2007

 

Beach in afternoon

Global Sunscreen

Interested in a stock tip? Invest in companies that make sunscreen. Why? Because atmospheric aerosol levels are decreasing.

March 26, 2007

 

a view of the Pacific Ocean from space

Phytoplankton, El Niño, and Global Warming

How does such a tiny organism do so much to help reduce global warming?

April 11, 2006

 

snowy_forest

A World without Snow

According to a climate simulation by researchers at the University of Wisconsin, a snowless world would be both warmer and colder. Here's why.

March 7, 2006

 

winter_ocean

Thunder Snow

Why is thunder so much more likely in summer than in winter?

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