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Title: Topic 2: Measuring Earth


1
Topic 2 Measuring Earth
  • How can we determine the shape of the
    Earth?
  • What evidence do we have about the shape of
    the Earth?
  • What are the parts or layers of the Earth?

2
What is the true shape of the Earth?
  • The true shape is an oblate spheroid. It is
    bulging at the equator and slightly flattened at
    the poles.

3
What are the dimensions of the Earth?
  • 40,008 Km
  • 12,714 Km
  • 12,756 Km
  • 40,076 Km

4
What evidence do we have that proves the Earth is
round?
  • Space photos
  • satellites in space take pictures which show the
    Earth to appear smooth round.
  • Motions of ships sailing towards the horizon
  • Ships sailing toward the horizon seem to
    disappear from bottom to top.

5
Shape of Earths shadow during a lunar
eclipse - The Earth casts a curved shadow on
the moon during a lunar
eclipse. Altitude of Polaris - Polaris remains
fixed over the north pole but as a person changes
latitude so does the altitude of Polaris.
What evidence do we have that proves the Earth is
round continued?
6
What evidence is there that the Earth is not
perfectly round?
  • If the Earth was perfectly round the gravity
    measures would be that same, a person would weigh
    the same everywhere, but they dont, objects
    weigh slightly more at the poles and slightly
    less at the equator.

7
How would you describe the smoothness of Earths
surface?
  • It is very smooth compared to its diameter.

8
What are the outer spheres of the Earth?
  • Atmosphere- the layer of gases that surrounds the
    Earth.
  • Lithosphere- The layer of rock that forms the
    solid outer layer.
  • Hydrosphere- The layer of liquid water which lies
    between the atmosphere and the lithosphere.

9
What are the characteristics of the
atmosphere?
  • Composed mainly of gases (nitrogen oxygen)
  • The least dense outer layer.
  • The atmosphere is layered (stratified)
  • Troposphere
  • Stratosphere
  • Mesosphere
  • Thermosphere
  • The boundaries between the
  • layers are called pauses
  • All clouds and air traffic are
  • located in the troposphere.

10
What are the characteristics of the hydrosphere?
  • This layer makes up 70 of the Earths surface
  • This layer is thin, it is only 3.8 Km thick
  • Composed of the H2O (Hydrogen Oxygen)
  • H2O is mainly oceans

11
What are the characteristics of the lithosphere?
  • This layer is about 100 Km thick
  • It is divided into sections called plates
  • The upper portion of the lithosphere is called
    the crust.
  • Crust that is broken up and contains organic
    matter, it is called soil.
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