Bryce Canyon National Park, December 2016. Photo taken by Peter Fortin.

Welcome to Do the Molecule Dance

I learned in second-year chemistry that all molecules dance. They rotate, they vibrate, they bend and stretch their bonds. To do this, a subset of molecules in our atmosphere draws on infrared energy that was supposed to leave Earth for outer space. So when those molecules dance, they trap that energy on Earth instead. We know the result; it is the greenhouse effect. But the molecules, they’re just having a good time.

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