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Earth’s Atmosphere: Composition, Climate, & Weather
Image: ISS Crew/Johnson Space Center

Earth’s Atmosphere: Composition, Climate, & Weather

More than just air, Earth’s atmospheric layers form a protective blanket of gases that make our planet the only one in the solar system that sustains life.

Discover the distinct characteristics of these atmospheric layers, as well as the role each one plays as we orbit the sun.

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Atmosphere Diagram

Atmosphere Diagram

You can't see the layers of our atmosphere when you look up, so go to this diagram for details. You can show height, temperature, and more — and find out how high a weather balloon flies. More...

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EarthGuide
Balloon Race: The Atmosphere

Balloon Race: The Atmosphere

What’s up? The atmosphere includes all the air surrounding Earth, from the ground to the edge of deep space. Investigate what’s in each one of its layers and why beautiful auroras occur where they do. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Carbon Dioxide Concentrations

Carbon Dioxide Concentrations

Carbon dioxide has been on the increase in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution, adding to global warming. Experiment to compare the amount of this greenhouse gas in the exhaust fumes of different vehicles. More...

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education.com
Earth’s Atmosphere: How Does It Differ from the Atmosphere in Space?

Earth’s Atmosphere: How Does It Differ from the Atmosphere in Space?

Astronaut Linda Godwin describes Earth's atmosphere, which is like an ocean of gases protecting its terrestrial residents. Discover how pressure changes as you travel in space. More...

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NASA
Earth’s Atmospheric Layers

Earth’s Atmospheric Layers

Thanks to a French meteorologist in the 19th century, scientists learned about the atmospheric layers and each one's distinctive meteorological conditions. Get a balloon’s-eye-view of Earth from up in the atmosphere. More...

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HowStuffWorks
Lithosphere, Hydrosphere, & Atmosphere

Lithosphere, Hydrosphere, & Atmosphere

Take a closer look at Earth's three layers and how they interact with this StudyJams! slide show. Then test yourself with 7-question quiz. More...

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Scholastic
Shrinking Atmospheric Layer Linked to Low Levels of Solar Radiation

Shrinking Atmospheric Layer Linked to Low Levels of Solar Radiation

It’s shrinking — the thermosphere, or outermost layer of the atmosphere, that is. But it’s only temporary. Find out what this means for orbiting satellites, and what is causing the change.
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Article
National Science Foundation
The Earth’s Atmosphere

The Earth’s Atmosphere

Listen up: It’s all about the gases. Find out which ones and how much of them make Earth’s atmosphere. Then take the quiz to test your recall. More...

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BBC
The Origin of Oxygen in Earth’s Atmosphere

The Origin of Oxygen in Earth’s Atmosphere

Making up about 21 percent of our atmosphere, oxygen may be the most taken-for-granted gas on Earth. Investigate its origin in tiny prehistoric organisms nearly three billion years ago. More...

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Scientific American
Thin Blue Line

Thin Blue Line

Here’s something you can’t see from Earth: a photograph of the thin line of our atmosphere and the setting sun, taken by the crew on the International Space Station. More...

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NASA

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