The study of the physical processes and properties of the planet Earth. Applicable to many subjects about Earth, such as its shape, its magnetic field, and ocean currents.

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How to combine albedos

I have estimations of the Earth's surface albedo for a region (0.13), as well as an estimation of the atmosphere albedo (0.3 at a solar zenith angle of 1 rad). My question is, how do I find the ...
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Why is England so cloudy?

Why, physically, some regions of the globe are affected by a noticeable cloudiness respect to others? Is the reason why some places are also rainy the same?
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What is the net charge of the Earth?

This question arose in a seminar today about the solar wind... This is my vagueish understanding of the problem - please correct if you see errors! The 'classical' picture of atmospheric electricity ...
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Why is the current atmosphere made of nitrogen (75.5%)?

As I read a book on meteorology, 4 billion years ago, atmosphere was made by steam, carbon dioxide, carbon dioxide and a few nitrogen. Then photosynthesis came, run by underwater organisms, which led ...
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How much of Ultraviolet is cut out when Sun moves to the Horizon?

EDIT: Original question was whether or not we need to wear sunglasses when Sun is at the horizon. But it was confusing to many users whether it is on-topic or not. So the details are adjusted. From ...
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Do volcano blast changes earth's course?

Volcano blasts are one of the most powerful calamities on earth. When they blast they release large amount of mass in the air just like a jet does. Does such a blast have any effect on the course of ...
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Could we pump up (or deplete) the Earth's magnetic field?

This text calculates the energy in the Earth's field as about 10^17 Joules, and adds: A typical power station is a giga watt, and the number of seconds in a year is about 3 × 10^7 so a power ...
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Is it possible to 'push' a path to the Earth's core?

This may very well be a question for Earth Science SE, but as it is very hypothetical, maybe pure physics is more appropriate... Question: Imagine we have have a wedge that tapers down into an ...
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(Constant) Value Of Gravitational Pull $g$ Of Earth [closed]

I want to know How the value of $g$ was found and what experiments did Newton conduct to land upon the value that we use, which is 9.8 m/s^2. I tried to search for it but I couldn't find much ...
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What's the distance between the center of mass and geometrical center of Earth? [closed]

With a good approach we can say that they are identical. But how accurate is this approach? Since Earth is not homogeneous there must be (can be) some difference. In other words I'm asking if Earth ...
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why the shape or size of Magnetosphere is different both side?

Two days ago, I watched a documentary about solar flares, and how Magnetosphere protect us from that to earth. I was able to understand most of it, but I'm still curious to know why the ...
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The Strength of the Tangential and Radial Components of a Dipole Magnetic Field

I am following along well several textbooks (Geophysics) that helps me understand the in-depth physics behind the magnetic field of a dipole magnet. I understand that the basic magnetic potential ...
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Infinite elastic half-space with point load (Mindlin's problem)

What is the equilibrium deformation of an infinite half-space (that is, an isotropic and homogeneous linearly-elastic three-dimensional medium, with a single planar surface) produced by a force which ...
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Height of oceans after ices of poles are melted

As you know if we put a cube of ice on a glass of water because of floating force it will be floated. if we measure the height of water in that time it has no difference with the time that ice is ...
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Earth Maybe a Compass or Not [closed]

Does the Earth magnetic pole point to something in our solar system or farther? Like the Sun.
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Where does the energy of a lightning strike go?

Lightning contains a lot of energy, so where does this energy go after lightning has hit the ground? Does it travel all the way to the core? What happens after that?
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Why is it cold on the sea floor if pressure heats things?

I was reading this and it says that Microsoft put a server farm at the bottom of the ocean because it's cooler there. Particularly it seems to imply that it get's colder as you go deeper, "Since ocean ...
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Backyard experiments to falsify the Flat Earth theory [duplicate]

I recently became aware that the flat Earth theory still exists in the 21st century, and has colored the views of a friend of mine. Roughly speaking, the tenets are: The Earth is a flat disk, with ...
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Rate of Convection

Today in Geophysics the professor briefly introduced the mantle convection processes how it rises and drops. He also said this generates Earths magnetic field and we know that Earth Magnetic field ...
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How loud would a sound have to be to be heard around the world?

I'm reading the book Cosmos by Carl Sagan, and in it he states: Striking the Earth's atmosphere, a modest cometary fragment would produce a great radiant fireball and a mighty blast wave, which ...
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Are low pressure and high pressure areas responsible for rain?

My understanding is that low pressure areas are susceptible to rain. However, high pressure areas have no rain. Now, I want to correlate this with the following areas - Lower Hutt, Wellington , NZ - ...
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Why is the sound channel in the ocean especially good for low frequency sound?

Why does not the high frequency sound propagate as far? The dispersion curve $\omega(k)$ is almost linear, right?
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A question about the sound channel in the ocean

The sound channel (SOFAR channel) in the ocean is about 1000 meters below the surface. It is said that sound can get trapped in this channel and propagates thousand kilometers without dissipation, ...
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What if the earth's core goes cold?

What effects would occur if the earth's core goes cold? Would the planet stay liveable after this happens?
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Charge on Earth [closed]

We know that the Earth is neutral. But what will happen if the Earth becomes negatively charged or positively charged somehow?
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Why is the geomagnetic north pole at a different location from the magnetic north pole?

According to this site Magnetic North, Geomagnetic and Magnetic Poles The Geomagnetic poles (dipole poles) are the intersections of the Earth's surface and the axis of a bar magnet hypothetically ...
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As the World Turns [closed]

Does the Earth's axis change with the magnetic reversal as it is taking place?
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If the gravity at the center of the Earth is zero, why are heavy elements like iron there?

If gravity is zero at the center of the earth, why is there a core of heavy elements, such as iron? Alternate question for the opposite hypothesis: If gravity is greatest at the center of the ...
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what determines the wavelength of waves on the open ocean?

Looking at the picture below, you can totally see that these are tiny boats. The water is practically washing over the hull of these boat models. But the water has boundaries that are very far ...
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How strong would the Earth's “magnet” be if it was the size of a fridge magnet?

If you shrunk the "magnetic part" from inside the Earth down to a fridge magnet size, how strong would it be in Gauss? This is not a home work question. I just watched this video which included the ...
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Why does Earth behave like Natural Bar Magnet?

What is the reason for the Earth to behave like a bar magnet and have poles (North and South poles)?
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What is the longitudinal difference between the sub­solar point and the magnetic poles at time $t$ (hours)?

I'm trying to convert geomagnetic coordinate to geographic, but there are some steps in the paper which I'm reading, that I don't understand. I have the geomagnetic latitude centered around the ...
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Is there a theoretical maximum speed for wind?

What we call wind is actually molecules moving into an area of lower particle density due to their thermal motion. A lower particle density offers less collisions (resistance), so more molecules move ...
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Why is the acceleration due to gravity $g$ quoted as if it were constant?

In elementary physics courses the value $g=9.8\:\mathrm{m/s^2}$ is used almost universally. But surely this value must depend to some extent upon one's location on the Earth. Why do we assume a ...
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Why are the cores of planets melted?

We all know that the core of Earth is in liquid form, as are most other planets as recently read. Why is this the case? Obviously, high temperatures are the cause, but what causes the high ...
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How does magnetic field gets generated by friction between high temperature molten metallic cores?

I was watching "Strip the cosmos" show on Discovery science channel last day and they explained that earth produces magnetic field due to rubbing of the two concentric cores, both the molten metal ...
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Why isn't the Earth's core temperature the average of its surface temperatures?

Assuming that the earth is spherical, that its temperature is continuous, and that some other more or less realistic conditions hold, we might think that the Earth's core temperature should be about ...
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Variations of earth's magnetic field strength [closed]

Is it true that on average, people who grow up in a geographical location of the earth where the magnetic field strength is stronger than other geographical locations, develop more to their genetic ...
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Variations of earth's magnetic field strength among different geographical locations [duplicate]

Is it true that on average, people who grow up in a geographical location of the earth where the magnetic field strength is stronger than other geographical locations, develop more to their genetic ...
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How do gravity anomalies on Earth comply with conservation of energy?

Gravitational acceleration varies from place to place on Earth in a range of about 0.02 percent and is caused by density distributions within the Earth. Imagine an experiment where you move around the ...
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Why heavy elements don't sink to the core?

If earth assembled out of space dust, how come we find heavy elements like gold, silver, uranium and bunch of others that are heavier than iron on the surface? I mean silicon (Si mass 28.084) being ...
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The Earth's gravitational magnetics [closed]

The Earth has magnetic properties correct, so can they be measured and if so what are some consistencies?☆
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Rivers that flow “uphill” due to Earth's rotation

One of the fun tidbits that gets bandied around in physics departments is that the Mississippi River actually flows away from the center of the Earth. Due to the Earth's oblateness, the source of the ...
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Why has Earth's core not become solid?

The Earth is billions of years old, yet its core has not yet cooled down and become solid. Will this happen in the foreseeable future?
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Why is it that not the entire surface of Earth is covered by water? [closed]

Isn't it a coincidence that our planet is mostly but not completely covered by water? Is there a reason why less water or more water is not compatible with intelligent life? Also, isn't it a ...
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Estimation of the age of Earth

By calculating the ratio of U-238 to Pb - 209 the age of the earth can be estimated. Is it not a possibility that non radioactive lead already there formed during the birth of earth it self alter the ...
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Is gravity actually missing or lower in certain spots on Earth?

I have heard and read about "missing gravity" in some regions of Earth. What I seemed to gather from this info is that if I go to a certain spot and jump, I can jump higher; or I could maybe lift more ...
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Earth density distribution from shooting neutrinos?

I am interested in possibility of inferring Earth interior structure from gravitational data. As classical calculus problem shows, it is impossible to understand non-uniform density distribution ...
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Could the assumption of superconductivity explain unexplained geomagnetic behaviors?

Science recently published an article regarding a new discovery in superconductivity; that the metallic form of hydrogen sulfide is superconducting at high temperature (relative to absolute zero). ...
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Why does air contain $Ar$ specifically?

Air consists roughly of $N_2$, $O_2$ and $Ar$. Why is $Ar$ the relatively common noble gas compound and not for example the lighter ones $He$ or $Ne$?