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What Would Have Happened If the Greenhouse Gases Were Totally Missing in the Earth’S Atmosphere? Discuss. - CBSE (Science) Class 11 - Chemistry

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What would have happened if the greenhouse gases were totally missing in the earth’s atmosphere? Discuss.

Solution 1

Earth’s most abundant greenhouse gases are CO2, CH4, O3, CFCs, and water vapour. These gases are present near the Earth’s surface. They absorb solar energy that is radiated back from the surface of the Earth. The absorption of radiation results in the heating up of the atmosphere. Hence, greenhouse gases are essential for maintaining the temperature of the Earth for the sustenance of life.

In the absence of greenhouse gases, the average temperature of the Earth will decrease drastically, making it uninhabitable. As a result, life on Earth would be impossible.

Solution 2

The solar energy radiated back from the earth surface is absorbed by the green house gases. (CO2, CH4, O3, CFCs) are present near the earth’s surface.

They heat up the atmosphere near the earth’s surface and keep it warm. As a result of these, there is growth of vegetation which supports the life. In the absence of this effect, there will be no life of both plant and animal on the surface of the earth.

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 NCERT Solution for Chemistry Textbook for Class 11 (2018 to Current)
Chapter 14: Environmental Chemistry
Q: 17 | Page no. 413
Solution What Would Have Happened If the Greenhouse Gases Were Totally Missing in the Earth’S Atmosphere? Discuss. Concept: Atmospheric Pollution - Tropospheric Pollution - Gaseous Air Pollutants.
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