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Does air pressure increase or decrease with an increase in altitude?
Air pressure is higher at lower altitudes. Air density is higher at lower altitudes. There is more space between air molecules at higher altitudes. There is less oxygen to breathe at the top of a high mountain than there is at sea level.
Why does pressure increase at high altitudes?
The depth (distance from top to bottom) of the atmosphere is greatest at sea level and decreases at higher altitudes. With greater depth of the atmosphere, more air is pressing down from above. Therefore, air pressure is greatest at sea level and falls with increasing altitude.
Why is it colder as you get closer to the sun?
Since there is less direct sunshine, less energy is absorbed by the surface and the temperature is lower. If you look up towards the Sun at noon in the winter, you will see that the Sun lower in the sky. The southern hemisphere experiences the reverse of the northern hemisphere.
Why temp decreases with increase in altitude?
As you increase in elevation, there is less air above you thus the pressure decreases. As the pressure decreases, air molecules spread out further (i.e. air expands), and the temperature decreases.
How does altitude affect air?
As altitude rises, air pressure drops. In other words, if the indicated altitude is high, the air pressure is low. As altitude increases, the amount of gas molecules in the air decreases—the air becomes less dense than air nearer to sea level.
Why is the air temperature lower at higher altitudes?
As you go to higher altitudes, there are less air molecules pushing down on you (lower pressure). When the pressure of a gas decreases, the temperature also decreases (the reverse is also true – when the gas pressure increases, the temperature increases). Therefore, the air temperature is lower at higher altitudes.
Why is it harder to breathe at higher altitudes?
At higher altitudes, the air is thinner. That’s why it’s harder to breathe at high altitudes–there’s less oxygen. There’s also less of everything else–carbon dioxide, water vapor, etc. These gases, which are greenhouse gases, are the part of our atmosphere which keep Earth at a warm temperature compared to outer space.
Why is there less air on top of a mountain?
More air pressure down by sea level, less on the top of the mountain. Pressure squishes things down so that they take up less space. “Volume” is a fancy way of saying “space.” The same amount of air is squashed into a smaller space down at sea level. On top of the mountain, it is more spread out.
What is the greatest atmospheric pressure at what altitude?
At what altitude is atmospheric pressure the greatest? The depth (distance from top to bottom) of the atmosphere is greatest at sea level and decreases at higher altitudes. With greater depth of the atmosphere, more air is pressing down from above. Therefore, air pressure is greatest at sea level and falls with increasing altitude.