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1971) Smithsonian Meterological Tables, 6th ed. : Smithsonian Institution Press. 3 Riegel, C. , A. N. Hull, and T. M. L. Wigley (1974) Comments on ,. " J. Appl. Meteor. 13 :606-608. 4 Taylor, S. , and G. L. Ashcroft (1972) Physical Edaphology: The Physics of Irrigated and Nonirrigated Soils. San Francisco: W. H. Freeman. 4]. 2 What is the rate of water loss from your skin surface just after you get out of the swimming pool? 2. 43 kJ/g. 3 What is the water potential or component in each of the following?

The vapor diffusion resistance (rv) depends on the 21 Saturation Conditions properties of the exchange surface and the air flow. The" driving force" for evaporation is the difference between vapor density at the evaporating surface (Pvs) and in the surrounding air (Pva). To find this difference, we need to know how to measure or estimate vapor density. Saturation Conditions If a container of pure water is uncovered in a closed space, water will evaporate into the space from the liquid water. As water evaporates, the concentration of water molecules in the gas phase will increase.

This would increase the vapor density in an air layer 100 meters thick by 100 glm3 if there were no transport out of this layer or condensation within it. The actual increase in vapor density in the first 100 meters of the atmosphere is only a few grams per cubic meter, so most of the water vapor has been transported to higher levels where clouds are formed. 7] does a similar calculation to show that photosynthesis in a normally growing crop would use all of the CO2 in a 30-m layer above a crop in a day, yet measured CO2 concentrations have diurnal fluctuations of only 15 percent or less.

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