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Clouds greatly affect the Earth's solar energy balance. This animation shows how they deflect a portion of solar energy influx from reaching our planet's surface and how they insulate to prevent a total loss of thermal radiance out into space.
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Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Global energy balance, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Clouds and precipitation, Solar and terrestrial radiation Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Animations/Video Theme: Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Weather, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science