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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

What processes in the atmosphere prevent insolation from reaching Earth’s surface? What percentages of insolation do reach Earth’s surface?

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The processes in the atmosphere that prevent insolation from reaching the Earth’s surface and the percentages of insolation reaching the surface.

Explanation

In addition to the latitude, axial tilt of the Earth, time of year and time of day, and certain other factors also control the insolation arriving at the Earth’s surafce. The atmospheric gases would interact with solar energy and reduce the insolation reaching the surface. The ozone layer present in the stratosphere of atmosphere prevents some part of insolation from recahing the surface.

The cloud cover present in the atmosphere would cause the scattering of insolation because of which the amount reaching the surface differs...

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