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Q & A: Atmospheric pressure at the top of a mountain

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Most recent answer: 03/07/2017
Q:
Atmospheric pressure on top of a mountain to be 1.8 atm . Is that right
- Hessa (age 20)
Bahrain
A:

Whoops!   I think you got it backwards.  As you go higher and higher there is less air mass above you that contributes to the pressure.

Here is a typical pressure vs. altitude graph.   It shows that the pressure of a 5000 meter mountain is 1.8 times less than at sea level.

 

LeeH


(published on 03/07/2017)

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