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Solutions for Chapter 15: The Milky Way Galaxy

Full solutions for Foundations of Astronomy | 11th Edition

ISBN: 9781439050354

Solutions for Chapter 15: The Milky Way Galaxy

Chapter 15: The Milky Way Galaxy includes 17 full step-by-step solutions. Foundations of Astronomy was written by and is associated to the ISBN: 9781439050354. Since 17 problems in chapter 15: The Milky Way Galaxy have been answered, more than 3204 students have viewed full step-by-step solutions from this chapter. This textbook survival guide was created for the textbook: Foundations of Astronomy, edition: 11. This expansive textbook survival guide covers the following chapters and their solutions.

Key Science Terms and definitions covered in this textbook
  • Acid precipitation

    Rain or snow with a pH value that is less than the pH of unpolluted precipitation.

  • Climate system

    The exchanges of energy and moisture that occur among the atmosphere, hydrosphere, solid Earth, biosphere, and cryosphere.

  • Cone of depression

    A cone-shaped depression in the water table immediately surrounding a well.

  • Contact metamorphism

    Changes in rock caused by the heat from a nearby magma body.

  • Continental slope

    The steep gradient that leads to the deep-ocean floor and marks the seaward edge of the continental shelf.

  • Decompression melting

    Melting that occurs as rock ascends due to a drop in confining pressure.

  • Eukaryotes

    An organism whose genetic material is enclosed in a nucleus; plants, animals, and fungi are eukaryotes.

  • Graded bed

    A sediment layer that is characterized by a decrease in sediment size from bottom to top.

  • Hygrometer

    An instrument designed to measure relative humidity.

  • Lower mantle

    The part of the mantle that extends from the core–mantle boundary to a depth of 660 kilometers.

  • Mixing ratio

    The mass of water vapor in a unit mass of dry air; commonly expressed as grams of water vapor per kilogram of dry air.

  • Obsidian

    A volcanic glass of felsic composition.

  • Pressure gradient

    The amount of pressure change occurring over a given distance.

  • Principal shells

    See Energy levels.

  • Proton–proton chain

    A chain of thermonuclear reactions by which nuclei of hydrogen are built up into nuclei of helium.

  • Reverse fault

    A fault in which the material above the fault plane moves up in relation to the material below.

  • Spheroidal weathering

    Any weathering process that tends to produce a spherical shape from an initially blocky shape.

  • Subtropical high

    Not a continuous belt of high pressure but rather several semipermanent, anticyclonic centers characterized by subsidence and divergence located roughly between latitudes 25 and 35 degrees.

  • Trade winds

    Two belts of winds that blow almost constantly from easterly directions and are located on the equatorward sides of the subtropical highs.

  • Tropical rain forest

    A luxuriant broadleaf evergreen forest; also, the name given the climate associated with this vegetation.

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