Earth’s Atmosphere ‘Rings’ like a Bell

According to a new study published in the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, by the scientists at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and Kyoto University, the Earth’s entire atmosphere vibrates much like a ringing bell – “a low-pitched fundamental tone alongside higher-pitched overtones.”

In the water, waves are produced by passing energy. Energy moving through the skies-from things like heat-produced pressure to the gravitational pull of celestial bodies-also creates waves.

The atmospheric waves don’t slosh around the same way ocean waves do, but they are still recognisable if one knows what to look for : moving pockets of more tightly packed air, thousands of kilometres long. The waves of atmospheric pressure spans the globe and travels around the equator, some moving east to west and others west to east. Each of these waves is a resonant vibration of the global atmosphere, analogous to one of the resonant pitches of a bell.

The discovery of these theories of atmospheric circulation will help scientists better predict weather patterns and understand the makeup of our atmosphere.

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