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Aerosols

This gif shows particles in the atmosphere (called aerosols). Dust is red and orange. Sea salt is blue and black. Smoke is green. Sulfate is white.

NGSS Phenomena: A map of the globe showing dust is mostly blowing from the deserts to the west. Sea salt is blowing to the east. Smoke is mostly blowing east. Sulfate is mostly blowing east
William Putman, NASA/Goddard

1. Why are most of the particles moving in one direction?

2. The energy source that drives the movement in aerosols in this gif is the .

3. In the image below, draw a circle around the areas where most of Earth’s ice is located.

Color
Width

4. Ice primarily energy from .

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the sun
absorbs
inside the earth
reflects
transmits

5. If there was less ice on earth, more of the energy from would be , which would cause more ice to . This is an example of a .

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positive feedback loop
melt
the sun
form
negative feedback loop
absorbed
inside the earth
reflected

6. Explain what causes the ice to be found in the parts of the map that you circled.

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  • Developing and Using Models

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