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    Considering the albedo of various surfaces, how might temperatures differ between urban and rural areas? Which setting tends to be warmer on a given day and why? Also, are there any factors other than albedo that might affect the temperature differences between the two settings?

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    See the attached file.
    In this particular task, you are being asked to reflect on the notion of Albedo. 200 words is short so I suggest using this simple outline:
    1. About Albedo and the 2 areas - 100 words
    2. Warmth question and other factors - 100 words

    On Albedo

    Albedo, according to Coakley (2003), "' is Latin, meaning whiteness. The albedo of a surface is the fraction of the incident sunlight that the surface reflects. Radiation that is not reflected is absorbed by the surface." In turn the absorbed energy raises the surface temperature and thus evaporates water, melts ice and snow and because of the exchange of heat between the surface and the lowest atmospheric level, the surface area and the immediate environ around it becomes warmer. Haby (n.d.), further ...

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