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This sphere is the outer part of the Earth System that extends nearly 500 km above Earth's surface and includes an ever-changing mixture of gas and small particles surrounding the Earth’s surface.

Structure of Earth’s Atmosphere:

Layers of Atmosphere

The Earth System interacts with the Atmosphere in the following ways:

Links between other Spheres and the Atmosphere

Helping students build their understanding of Earth's spheres and how they are connected is difficult.  Review the graphics below to help identify the parts of the Earth System and the processes that connect them at the local, regional, and global scales.

This digital badge will introduce you to Veggie, a project taking place at the Space Station Processing Facility, at Kennedy Space Center.  The badge provides educators with the background information they need to incorporate this project into the classroom.