Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 27 - Think and Explain: 66

Answer

It explains why clouds appear dark.

Work Step by Step

These large droplets absorb some of the light that falls upon them. If the cloud is big enough, there are many of these droplets, little light makes it all the way through the cloud, and the cloud appears dark. The presence of some scattering means that the cloud appears dark, but is not totally black.
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