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||Layers of the Atmosphere Diagram
Over the next few days, you will be creating a diagram showing all of the layers of the Earth's atmosphere.
In order to research the features and characteristics of each layer, you may use:
- the Earth Science textbook
- the Holt Level Green textbook
- your Layers of the Atmosphere WS
- the internet (Whenever we are in the computer lab, you can use the internet!)
For each layer, you need to add detailed drawings and features--including words, descriptions, and measurements (like altitude and temperature)--associated with each layer of the atmosphere.
Features to research today so that you will know where to add them in your diagram:
- how each layer got its name (why its called what its called)
- How temperature changes within each layer (we did this in class last week--it should already be part of your diagram).
- How air pressure changes with altitude.
- Where meteors burn up and why.
- Where planes fly (cruising altitude).
- Where weather takes place.
- How AM radio signals use the atmosphere (satellite radio is different).
- The location and characteristics of the ionosphere.
- The location and characteristics of the exosphere.
- The location and role of the ozone layer.
- How high the highest mountain extends into the atmospehre.
- Where auroras occur and why.
- At what altitude (and in what layer) does the ISS orbit the Earth?
- At what altitude (and in what layer) do most satellites (like th Hubble Space Telescope) orbit the Earth?
- What is the maximum altitude that weather balloons reach before popping?
- You will use this image to set up the temperature scale along the bottom of their printer paper (we will do this together in class).
- You should THEN draw and label the 4 main layers and their boundaries (tropopause, stratopause, mesopause).
- The altitude and thickness of the layers do NOT have to be to scale; this will allow you to make each layer “thick” enough to fit all of the features that you will want to include!
- Once you have the temp scale at the bottom and have drawn in your layers, you can then create a temperature profile with increasing altitude as one moves up through the atmosphere (the temp profile WILL be to scale, even though the altitude may not be).
- Make sure you use COLORED PENCILS to finish your final draft. Think about using color effectively and creatively to enhance your digram and support the information you are trying to communicate.
Gifted Science with Mrs. Flynt
Gifford Middle School, Indian River County, Florida
4530 28th Court