Air Density

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Air Density
« on: February 16, 2015, 07:00:02 AM »
We all agree that air loses density the higher you go up. But why does it do that? On a round earth, gravity is becomes slowly weaker and less able to hold an atmosphere as you move away from the earth. What causes this one a FE?
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Re: Air Density
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2015, 07:21:45 AM »
Air pressure is lower at higher altitudes because there is less air above the measured point.  The weight of the air above becomes lower as you gain altitude.  Even round Earth scientists will tell you this.  Please, don't flat out lie or make up facts. 

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Re: Air Density
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2015, 08:28:15 AM »
Air pressure is lower at higher altitudes because there is less air above the measured point.  The weight of the air above becomes lower as you gain altitude.  Even round Earth scientists will tell you this.
Yes, he already said that.  He's asking for an FET explanation.

Please, don't flat out lie or make up facts.
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Re: Air Density
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2015, 09:09:19 AM »
Air pressure is lower at higher altitudes because there is less air above the measured point.  The weight of the air above becomes lower as you gain altitude.
Yes, but why?

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Re: Air Density
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2015, 09:18:21 AM »
Even if you forget about why air density decrees, you can use that fact to measure height.  So then when one measures the height of mountains and looks at the angles between distant mountain tops one discovers the earth is not flat. 

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Re: Air Density
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2015, 09:39:37 PM »
I like how he bolded the word weight, considering that weight by definition is a function of gravity.

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Re: Air Density
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2015, 08:18:50 AM »
I like how he bolded the word weight, considering that weight by definition is a function of gravity.

Apparently, most flat earthers don't understand the difference between mass and weight.

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Re: Air Density
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2015, 04:12:08 PM »
We all agree that air loses density the higher you go up. But why does it do that? On a round earth, gravity is becomes slowly weaker and less able to hold an atmosphere as you move away from the earth. What causes this one a FE?

No, that's actually not the main reason for this on a round Earth.  The gravity does get weaker and that does have an effect on air pressure but it's negligible.  The real reason why air gets thinner as you go up is because the air at higher altitude has less air above it pushing it down with it's weight, and this actually makes sense with UA as well (although scepti has yet to explain how this happens with denpressure).
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