Why does the atmosphere get colder as we climb a mountain?
California's Death Valley (pictured above) sinks down to
86 meters (282 feet) below sea level. On July 10th, 1913, the
Furnace Creek area reached the highest temperature ever recorded
on Earth, a blistering 56.7 degrees Celsius (134 degrees
Fahrenheit). The air pressure at the bottom of Death Valley is
about 776 mm Hg. This high pressure generates heat, and
represents a clear example of adiabatic atmospheric warming.
Atmospheric CO2 levels follow global warming because Earth's oceans
emit more CO2 when they get warmer. There is an approximately 800
year time lag between increases in atmospheric temperatures and
increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. Carbon
dioxide does not cause global warming; it follows global warming due to
the intrinsic nature of ocean water. Oceans retain more dissolved
CO2 when they get colder and emit more CO2 when they get warmer.
If carbon dioxide actually did increase Earth temperatures due to a
greenhouse gas effect, Earth would never recover from a warm period
because our vast and deep oceans would continue emitting more carbon
dioxide, thus forcing atmospheric temperatures to continue rising