COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Dust in the clouds
Description: At any given time, cirrus clouds - the thin wisps of vapor that trail across the sky - cover nearly one-third of the globe. These clouds coalesce in the upper layers of the troposphere, often more than 10 miles above the Earth's surface. Cirrus clouds influence global climate, cooling the planet by reflecting incoming solar radiation and warming it by trapping outgoing heat. Understanding the mechanisms by which these clouds form may help scientists better predict future climate patterns. [Source: MIT News]
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Source: MIT News
Publish Date: 5/9/2013
Reading Level: Basic
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