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Atmospheric Structure (Grade 10)

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Atmospheric Structure

Use the diagram of the earth's atmosphere to answer the questions.
Atmosphere Without Text Labels
1. 
Which of the following is the main factor used to determine the layers of the atmosphere?
  1. density
  2. temperature
  3. air pressure
  4. chemical composition
2. 
Which correctly orders the layers of the atmosphere A - E?
  1. stratosphere, troposphere, mesosphere, exosphere, thermosphere
  2. troposphere, mesosphere, stratosphere, thermosphere, exosphere
  3. stratosphere, mesosphere, troposphere, exosphere, thermosphere
  4. troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, exosphere
3. 
Which of the following could be expected if a temperature inversion occurs in layers A or B?
  1. increase in smog
  2. air convection increases
  3. air temperatures decrease with height
  4. no noticeable changes in atmospheric conditions
4. 
Which statement is most accurate about layer B?
  1. it is located directly above the mesosphere
  2. it is located directly below the mesosphere
  3. it is located directly above the thermosphere
  4. it is located directly below the thermosphere
5. 
Which letter represents the layer of the atmosphere which protects the earth's surface from ultraviolet radiation?
  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
6. 
The light displays of the aurora borealis occur in the ionosphere, which is located in which atmospheric layers?
  1. A and B only
  2. A, B, and C
  3. C, D, and E
  4. D and E only
7. 
The                 is an atmospheric zone located in layers D and E characterized by gases being separated by molecular mass.
  1. ionosphere
  2. heterosphere
  3. homosphere
  4. magnetosphere
8. 
Noctilucent clouds are rare ice crystal clouds that tend to form in the early evening of summer. In which layer of the atmosphere do noctilucent clouds form?
  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
9. 
The boundary layer between A and B is known as the
  1. tropopause
  2. mesopause
  3. stratopause
  4. thermopause
10. 
Which of the following would be most responsible for temperature variation in layer D?
  1. global warming
  2. sunspot activity
  3. weather patterns
  4. temperature inversions

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