how does the sun warm the earth and how does solar energy circulate over earth?

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  1. Water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, and other gases in the atmosphere trap heat from the sun, warming Earth. The heat-trapping quality of these gases causes the greenhouse effect. Without the greenhouse effect of the atmosphere, Earth would probably be too cold for life to exist.
    About 15 percent of the sun’s energy that hits the earth is reflected back into space. Another 30 percent is used to evaporate water, which, lifted into the atmosphere, produce’s rain-fall. Solar energy also is absorbed by plants, the land, and the oceans. The rest could be used to supply our energy needs.
    lsa.colorado.edu/essence/texts/solar.h…

  2. to warm the mantle causing it to slowly circulate and … at the surface of the earth and primarily driven by solar energy are called exogenic processes. …
    uwsp.edu/geo/faculty/…/endogendogenous_and_exogenous_process.html – Cached

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