Eubie Drew
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How much distance does $0.001^\circ$ in latitude or longitude represent?
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I don't understand the last sentence about decimal places, but I can tell you about the relationship between lat, long and distance. Over two centuries ago, the meter was defined as one ten-millionth ...

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Why wouldn't the earth be "always daytime" if the "daily cycle of sunlight" was drawn full-scale?
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The sun is about 100 times the size of the Earth (in diameter), and the distance from the sun to Earth is about 100 times the diameter of the sun. Below is an image showing the sun, Earth, and the ...

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Is this scientific explanation of The Bible flood accurate?
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Fishing through the links mentioned over at Christianity SE, I netted this scientific paper about freshwater and marine fish: Why are there so few fish in the sea?. Apparently the bulk (96%) of marine ...

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What would a planet's sky look like with different chemical compositions, such as low nitrogen, high methane etc?
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Except for Rayleigh scattering (Is the color of the sky the same everywhere on earth?) gases typically do not add any color to atmospheres, they are usually transparent in visible light. The Halogen ...

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Which theory is stronger, that iron came from outside or was formed within earth?
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Somewhat more from volcanic activity than meteor impacts, but both are important. The Earth has an iron-nickel ($\ce{Fe}$-$\ce{Ni}$) core that originates from Earth's formation out of the collision ...

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What's a frost-gley?
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A frost-gley is a waterlogged permafrost soil. IOW, a gleysol that has undergone cryoturbation.

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Why don't all living beings die at night due to lack of oxygen?
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The rates at which plants consume CO$_2$ and animals consume O$_2$ is minuscule compared to the vast amounts of CO$_2$ and O$_2$ in the atmosphere. The amount of change overnight is not even ...

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Are craters on Earth covered by vegetation?
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Erosion (especially), viscous relaxation, uplift, crust recycling (in the long term), volcanic activity, filling of the crater with deposits, and distortion by crust deformation (eg earthquakes) are ...

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Remote Sensing System (RSS) historical atmospheric data continually updated
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Being remote sensing, algorithms for inverting the raw data to get physical quantities may be improving with time. Perhaps a slight adjustment in algorithm or calibration happened between July and ...

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Why doesn't it snow even when it is below freezing?
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Gordon has an excellent answer to one version of your Q. In case you are asking a more basic Q, here is a try at an answer. Vini, think about the monsoons. Cooling the soggy parcel of air causes rain,...

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Why haven't weeds overtaken the entire planet?
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A weed is just a plant where you do not want it. Totally a matter of context. Tumbleweeds are non-native, introduced centuries ago. I assume you mean the invasive species of plants that have been ...

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What is the mass of our planet's atmosphere, hydrosphere, and cryosphere combined?
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Pretty darn accurate. To first order, the atmosphere's mass is the average atmospheric pressure at the Earth's surface times the total surface area divided by the acceleration due to Earth's gravity. ...

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Seeking details for the "historical rate" of arable land loss
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EDIT -- Found the full report ... in Norway. The quote you are trying to source was an oft repeated (1999-2002) talking point by Klaus Toepfer (Töpfer), head of UNEP. The oldest instance I can find ...

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