# Embedded Assessment 1.2 NEW REVISED

```1. a) Write a subtraction expression you can use to find the difference between the elevation at the top
of the exosphere and the deepest point of the ocean.
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c) Evaluate the expression.
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2. a) The mesosphere is 40 km thick. The troposphere is 20 km thick. Explain how these two
measurements were determined.
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b) Calculate the thickness of the mesopelagic zone. Explain how you found your answer.
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3. a) How many times as thick as the ocean’s epipelagic zone is the hadalpelagic zone?
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4. An airplane flew over the ocean at an elevation 7.9 kilometers below the top of the troposphere. A
wheel came off and fell a total of 16.9 kilometers.
a) In which zone did the wheel come to rest?
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b) How far above the elevation of the deepest point in the ocean was the wheel when it stopped?
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As you move upward through the lowest three layers of the atmosphere, the air grows thinner and
thinner. This causes air temperatures to grow colder and colder. An average temperature at the bottom of
the troposphere might be 65&deg;F. The temperature at the top of the mesosphere might be 250&deg;F colder than
that.
5. Find the colder temperature at the top of the mesosphere.
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In the thermosphere, the heat of the sun overcomes the thinness of the air and causes temperatures
to ride dramatically. The hottest temperature at the top of the thermosphere can be 3700&deg;F hotter than the
temperature you found in item 5.
6. a) Find the hotter temperature at the top of the thermosphere.
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b) How many times as hot as the temperature at the top of the mesosphere is the temperature at
the top of the thermosphere?
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In 2012, film director James Cameron descended to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest
point of the ocean, in a submarine called the Deepsea Challenger. The descent took 2 hours and 36 minutes.
7. a) Write the depth of the Mariana Tranch and Cameron’s descent time as mixed numbers.
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b) Used the mixed numbers to find the average rate of descent of the Deepsea Challenger. Show your