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The Climatic Influence of Earth Clouds

Caption: Clouds exert a major influence on Earthıs climate. If clouds only cooled the planet by reflecting solar energy back to space, Earth would completely ice over. But if clouds only warmed the planet by absorbing and reemitting infrared energy back to the surface, Earth would fry under a runaway greenhouse effect like the one on Venus.

Credit: Norman Kuring, NASA GSFC

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