Water Vapor in the Earth's Atmosphere

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Have you ever wondered how much water vapor is in the Earth's atmosphere or what the maximum amount is that air can hold?

How Much Water Vapor Is in the Earth's Atmosphere?

Water vapor exists as an invisible gas in the air. The amount of water vapor in air varies according to the temperature and density of air. The amount of water vapor ranges from a trace amount up to 4% of the mass of air. Hot air can hold more water vapor than cold air, so the amount of water vapor is highest in hot, tropical areas and lowest in cold, polar regions.

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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Water Vapor in the Earth's Atmosphere." ThoughtCo, Aug. 28, 2020, thoughtco.com/water-vapor-in-the-earths-atmosphere-609407. Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2020, August 28). Water Vapor in the Earth's Atmosphere. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/water-vapor-in-the-earths-atmosphere-609407 Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Water Vapor in the Earth's Atmosphere." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/water-vapor-in-the-earths-atmosphere-609407 (accessed January 28, 2021).