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English: All atmospheric gases have a unique pattern of energy absorption: they absorb some wavelengths of energy but are transparent to others. The absorption patterns of water vapor (blue peaks) and carbon dioxide (pink peaks) overlap in some wavelengths. Carbon dioxide is not as strong a greenhouse gas as water vapor, but it absorbs energy in wavelengths (12-15 micrometers) that water vapor does not, partially closing the “window” through which heat radiated by the surface would normally escape to space. (Illustration adapted from Robert Rohde.)
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Source http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/EnergyBalance/page7.php NASA Earth Observatory
Author NASA, Robert Rohde

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Energy absorption of CO2 and water vapor for different wavelenghts of radiation.

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20 April 2014

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