Air Sea Connections

How are the Ocean and the Atmosphere connected?

What is the atmosphere like?

The atmosphere is a mixture of Nitrogen, Oxygen, and other gases

What are the layers of the atmosphere?

Troposphere

Stratosphere

Mesosphere

Thermosphere

Exosphere

What causes air and snow?

Precipitation forms when cloud droplets in clouds grow and combine to become so large that their fall speed exceeds the updraft speed in the cloud.

What causes convection?

Convection is the concerted, collective movement of groups or aggregates of molecules within fluids.

What is the Coriolis effect?

A deflection of moving objects when the motion is described relative to a rotating reference frame.

What is an atmospheric curculation cell?

The large-scale movement of air, and the means by which thermal energy is distributed on the surface of the Earth.
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