Earthly Universe

February 26, 2011

Check out this animation by DAMOCLES on the greenhouse gas effect and the factors that influence it. The graphic below describes not only how the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can change, but how the importance of a convecting mantle on the density and composition of the atmosphere on Earth suggests the questionable possibility for life on a planet without it.

This chart graphs how a planet's mantle activity or inactivity can impact the atmosphere.


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