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What happens to light when it hits the earth?

FIRST STOP: EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE Once the sun’s energy reaches earth, it is intercepted first by the atmosphere. A small part of the sun’s energy is directly absorbed, particularly by certain gases such as ozone and water vapor. Some of the sun’s energy is reflected back to space by clouds and the earth’s surface.

What happens to light when it is absorbed?

In absorption, the frequency of the incoming light wave is at or near the energy levels of the electrons in the matter. The electrons will absorb the energy of the light wave and change their energy state.

What happens to light from the sun when it hits a planet?

All of the energy from the Sun that reaches the Earth arrives as solar radiation, part of a large collection of energy called the electromagnetic radiation spectrum. Solar radiation includes visible light, ultraviolet light, infrared, radio waves, X-rays, and gamma rays. Radiation is one way to transfer heat.

What happens to the light energy that passes through the atmosphere to Earth?

Energy is transferred from the sun to Earth via electromagnetic waves, or radiation. Most of the energy that passes through the upper atmosphere and reaches Earth’s surface is in two forms, visible and infrared light. Once energy has been absorbed by the Earth system, it is transformed and transferred.

How does sunlight get trapped in the atmosphere?

So the sunlight is able to easily travel through the Earth’s atmosphere and strike the surface of the Earth… And it turns out that carbon dioxide in the air absorbs some of the outgoing energy thereby trapping the SUN heat in the atmosphere.

Which cities will go underwater?

15 USA Cities That Will Be Underwater By 2050 (10 Already On The Ocean Floor)

  • 19 Underwater: Dwarka, Gulf of Cambay, India.
  • 20 Galveston, Texas.
  • 21 Underwater: Minoan City Of Olous.
  • 22 Key West, Florida.
  • 23 Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  • 24 Miami, Florida.
  • 25 Underwater: Cleopatra’s Palace, Alexandria, Egypt.

Can humans feel earthquakes before they happen?

There is no scientific explanation for the symptoms some people claim to have preceding an earthquake, and more often than not there is no earthquake following the symptoms.

Can animals sense earthquakes?

Anecdotal evidence abounds of animals, fish, birds, reptiles, and insects exhibiting strange behavior anywhere from weeks to seconds before an earthquake. However, consistent and reliable behavior prior to seismic events, and a mechanism explaining how it could work, still eludes us.

Which animal can sense earthquake?

In an international cooperation project, researchers have investigated whether animals like cows, sheep, and dogs can actually detect early signs of earthquakes.