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This is a drawing depicting the motions in earth's atmosphere.

Motions in Jupiter's Interior

Motions in the interior of a planet help carry heat from the inside to the outside.

The drawing to the left illustrates a kind of global motion that is typical of motions in the atmosphere as well as the interior of a planet. Material rises from where is it warmest, and moves in a roiling motion like the boiling of a pot. In the dr awing, there are three different cells of activity in the atmosphere where the air turns over (depicted by red sheets).

In the interior of Jupiter, the liquid layers are warm enough to move in this fashion. Some scientists think, however, that the heat from within Jupiter causes different sorts of motions.

In any case, the enormous and powerful magnetosphere of Jupiter is produced by motions in the liquid metallic hydrogen layer inside Jupiter.

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