What are the Gases of the Atmosphere Today?
The atmosphere today has evolved from the changes
described in the previous five pages.
For the past 200 million years the
amounts of the different
gases in the air have been almost the same as they are today.
The approximate composition of the air today is
|Carbon Dioxide (CO2)||0·04%|
|Other Noble Gases||small amounts|
|Water Vapour (H2O)||Variable|
The proportion of carbon
dioxide in the air
has risen from 0·03% to 0·04% in the last hundred years
because of the burning of fossil fuels.
The amount of water vapour in the air varies
with temperature and weather - see the water cycle.
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