Atmospheric Gases

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Abstract

The earth's atmosphere is composed of a mixture of gases that we call air. The most abundant of these gases, molecular nitrogen and molecular oxygen, are not being greatly affected by human activities and are unlikely to be so in the foreseeable future. However, many of the other gases, like carbon dioxide and ozone, are being affected by human activities. Although there are only trace amounts of these gases in the atmosphere, many of them are extremely important to life on Earth and to biodiversity. This article describes many of the important atmospheric gases, their role in affecting the planet, and the factors affecting their changing concentrations in the atmosphere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Biodiversity
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages281-290
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780123847195
ISBN (Print)9780123847201
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • Atmospheric gases
  • CFCs
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Emissions
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Halocarbons
  • Methane
  • Ozone
  • Sulfur
  • Trace gases
  • Water vapor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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    Wuebbles, D. J. (2013). Atmospheric Gases. In Encyclopedia of Biodiversity: Second Edition (pp. 281-290). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-384719-5.00275-6