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mark4 February 8th, 2019 12:00pm

Science check. If warm air rises, why is it so cold at the top of the world?

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Robert01 existentialist
02/14/19 5:33 am

There is no top or bottom of the Earth the Earth rotates on an axis but in space there is no up or down without a frame of reference.

mark4
02/14/19 11:28 am

The question has nothing to do with outer space.
See below.

mark4
02/09/19 3:32 am

Thanks for playing Who Has the Answer.

Survivalistien I am Green and Retired
02/08/19 9:10 am

Co2 is more dense than pure oxygen and it sinks below. Also the air we breathe is a combination of Nitrogen, oxygen, co2, hydrogen and many other gasses. However it’s hot on the earth surface because the surface area of each continental plate absorbs the suns particles and wavelengths. This simply can be observed by wearing a black or dark coloured shirt on a sunny day compared to a white shirt. The darker colours can absorb more visible light where white is a combination of all the visible light colours which therefore reflects all waves/particles.

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mark4
02/08/19 12:22 pm

All good, but what does it have to do with the North Pole being cold even though heat rises?

Survivalistien I am Green and Retired
02/08/19 12:27 pm

This Earth is spherical. Technically they’re is no top nor bottom, but the furthest north and furthest south receive the least amount of sun. The furthest you travel from the equator the least amount of direct energy from the sun you receive. Also with the short amount of times the extreme north and south get sunlight. It’s quickly reflected due to the large presence of ice in Artics cause or transferred into the sea/reflected North poles case. Even then it’s not enough to warm up.

omniku dot com
02/08/19 8:05 pm

That’s the explanation you’re looking for. From a global perspective, up is out (away from the center of the earth). Up isn’t the same as north... we just orient our globes that way.

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mark4
02/09/19 3:30 am

Whew!
Finally!
With that one short last reply you finally said it, and you were the first to do so.

Up is not east, west, south or north, it is away from the center of gravity.

omniku dot com
02/09/19 11:37 am

Thanks! And that’s probably the first time anyone has called my SOH post “short”. 😀 I need to learn how to be more pithy.

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mark4
02/13/19 5:34 am

You did well with that one.
I make the opposite mistake. I assume and expect people to be well intentioned and reasonable and it keeps biting me in the rear.

GeezerGolf Show us your papers
02/08/19 6:54 am

Because CO2, the hottest year EVAH, the current year, believe the woman, the Patriarchy, do it for the children, and that’s not who we are.

Think Lovin Life
02/08/19 6:29 am

The poles get the least amount of sun.

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mark4
02/08/19 12:23 pm

You’d still think, since heat rises, the North Pole would be hot.

GlockMan1 Alabama
02/08/19 12:25 pm

The heat does not rise NORTH. Heat does not follow a direction. It goes straight up out of the atmosphere.

Think Lovin Life
02/09/19 6:18 am

Mark ... you’re welcome to think that, but given the near spherical earth, and the fact that heat radiates away from the sphere at every point, the heat from the tropics rises into the atmosphere, it doesn’t travel sideways to the poles.

IMO atoms, space, opinion
02/08/19 6:19 am

As warm air raises it becomes less dense and cools in the process. Heat is is a relative term referring to tightly packed molecules moving quickly as compared to less heat where molecules are more spread out and moving slower. For a given unit of air in a given amount of space: increase the heat and pressure will increase -or- increase the pressure and heat will increase. Vise Vera when heat or pressure is decreased.

mark4
02/08/19 12:25 pm

Again, it still doesn’t explain why the North Pole is so cold even though heat rises.

IMO atoms, space, opinion
02/08/19 4:21 pm

What?! The North Pole is not up, its north. As in the opposite of south. See also: top and bottom. These are physical descriptions of an object.
Up and down are directions. To have up, you must first define down. Down is the direction straight toward the center of gravity. Without the center of earth to reference, we have no down and therefore no up as up is the opposite of down. I’m not sure if your trolling or genuinely curious. “Which way is down?” youtu.be/Xc4xYacTu-E

SuperAgain They lie, Get Over It
02/08/19 5:55 am

Air is Solar Powered. 🌞

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HtheC South Florida
02/08/19 5:41 am

If I remember correctly from my school days hour air becomes thinner as it rises.

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mark4
02/08/19 6:06 am

So it should be both hotter and harder to breathe at the North Pole?

tony1987
02/08/19 6:11 am

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mark4
02/08/19 12:27 pm

But if it’s on top wouldn’t heat rise to there?

mark4
02/08/19 5:02 am

Inquiring minds wanna know.

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mark4
02/08/19 5:05 am

And isn't that proof of a flat earth?

HtheC South Florida
02/08/19 5:37 am

Does anyone still believe this?

tony1987
02/08/19 6:13 am

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mark4
02/08/19 12:21 pm

The difference is tiny, and since heat rises you’d think the North Pole would be hottest.