Are heat-trapping gases and greenhouse gases the same thing? If not, what are the differences?

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  • MARK
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    They are the same thing. That is why they are called greenhouse gases. They act in a similar way to the glass in a greenhouse.

  • 5 months ago

    I would say yes. It really depends on what the person means by "heat-trapping gases" but the general idea is that the gases let through visible light but absorb infrared light, which is what greenhouse gases do. The greenhouse effect is a particular case of heat "trapping" by gases. The gases would trap heat no matter what, but greenhouse effects are a particular situation where the heat-trapping gases prevent heat loss to outside of the local system.

  • 5 months ago

    Greenhouse gasses let through high frequency infra red (as that coming from the sun) and lets through less of the low frequency infra red (as radiated by the Earth). That results in the Earth warming.

    A heat-trapping gas is just a heat insulator so not necessarily a greenhouse gas.

  • GTB
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Some state a "greenhouse gas" is one that traps the heat that has been sunlight induced. This means the gas insulates the heat that was generated by sunlight penetration through the gas to warm the objects below. If a gas would block sunlight from heating through the gas, even if the gas is a thermal insulator it would be heat trapping but not a greenhouse gas.

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