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Department
Earth System Science
Course Code
EARTHSS 15
Professor
Michael Pritchard
Study Guide
Midterm

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EARTHSS 15
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Midterm 1 Study Guide
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Introduction: Climate Change
1. Simple:
The climate is very complex but the basic physics of climate change are not that hard to
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difference between the Weather and the climate?
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predictable. For example: we can predict that Phoenix is warmer than Fargo for the
same reasons that we can predict a warmer future. Day is warmer than night, summer is
warmer than winter and Phoenix is warmer than Fargo.
Dancing molecules and heat rays. Nearly all of the air is made of oxygen (O2) and nitrogen (N2)
in which two atoms of the same element share electrons. Infrared (heat) energy radiated up
from the surface can be absorbed by these molecules, but not very well.
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