By David Huddart
This e-book presents a accomplished assurance of the foremost themes inside undergraduate learn programmes in geosciences, environmental technological know-how, actual geography, traditional dangers and ecology.This textual content introduces scholars to the Earth's 4 key interdependent structures: the ambience, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, focussing on their key parts, interactions among them and environmental change.Topics coated contain: An earth structures version; parts platforms and tactics: atmospheric platforms; oceanography, endogenic geological structures and exogenic geological platforms, biogeography and, elements of the Earth's Record.The effect of weather and environmental switch is mentioned in a last bankruptcy which attracts jointly Earth's platforms and their evolution and appears forward to destiny earth alterations and environments and numerous time sessions within the geological record.Throughout the booklet geological case stories are utilized in addition to the fashionable procedures.
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13 Annual surface net radiation variation with latitude, showing regions of surplus and deﬁcit. (Source: Strahler and Strahler, 1997, p. 54) 36 CH 03 ENERGY IN THE ATMOSPHERE AND THE EARTH HEAT BUDGET radiation, net radiation will be negative. 9 we saw that solar energy input varies with latitude. 13, which shows the global net radiation balance from pole to pole. Between latitudes 40◦ N and 40◦ S there is a net radiation gain or ‘energy surplus’. However, poleward of 40◦ N and 40◦ S the net radiation is negative, or in ‘deﬁcit’.
The remaining shortwave radiation from the Sun is absorbed by either the atmosphere or land and ocean surfaces. Land and ocean surfaces in turn reemit energy as long-wave radiation, which tends to lower the temperature and thus cool the planet as it leaves, heading for outer space. Over large time scales, these ﬂows balance, so that incoming radiation absorbed equals outgoing radiation emitted. The ﬂow of solar radiation to the Earth as a whole remains constant, but it varies from place to place and from time to time.
Chichester, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 4. Explain Wien’s law. 5. The amount of incoming radiation received by the Earth is determined by which four astronomical factors? G. J. 2003. Atmosphere, Weather and Climate. 8th edition. London, Routledge. Ch. 1. 6. Draw a diagram to show how Earth’s tilted axis is the cause of the four seasons. K. H. 2004. Earth’s Dynamic Systems. 10th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ, Prentice-Hall. Ch. 9. 7. The term ‘solar energy cascade’ is sometimes used to describe the losses of incoming solar radiation between the top of the atmosphere and the Earth’s surface.
Earth Environments: Past, Present and Future by David Huddart