Study the layers of the atmosphere with these printable diagrams. We have several atmosphere diagrams, each of them illustrates some of the features found in the various layers of Earth’s atmosphere. The atmosphere can be divided into layers based on its temperature, as shown in the figure below. These layers are the troposphere, the stratosphere, the mesosphere and the thermosphere.
As you can see in the atmosphere diagram above, the upper layers of the atmosphere include the stratosphere, immediately above the tropopause; the mesosphere above the stratopause and the thermosphere. The ozone layer that shields the Earth’s surface from lethal doses of ultraviolet radiation is located between 20 and 30 km within the stratosphere. Meanwhile, the exosphere is the outermost layer of Earth’s atmosphere.
The thermosphere is the second-highest layer of Earth’s atmosphere and extends from the mesopause at an altitude of about 80 km (50 mi; 260,000 ft). This layer is completely cloudless and free of water vapor. The mesosphere is the third highest layer of Earth’s atmosphere, occupying the region above the stratosphere and below the thermosphere. The stratosphere is the second-lowest layer of Earth’s atmosphere. It lies above the troposphere and is separated from it by the tropopause. This is the highest layer that can be accessed by jet-powered aircraft.
Lastly, the troposphere is the lowest layer of Earth’s atmosphere. Nearly all atmospheric water vapor or moisture is found in the troposphere, so it is the layer where most of Earth’s weather takes place. All of those atmosphere diagrams are printable. Click on the image of the diagram to download and print it!