The power that air possesses may seem, at first glance, minimal. Air is able to be easily manipulated, and is, for the most part, ignored by the people who use it every day. The air in the earth’s atmosphere is the most important element present in it and plays a critical role in the sustenance of all life forms.
Air molecules are made up of a number of elements including oxygen, Carbon Dioxide and nitrogen molecules, each of which we breathe in every day. These molecules are invisible and, although they may seem to be insignificant, they do contain weight and volume that influences the power it holds within, depending on what external factors are applied to it.
Air molecules are extremely susceptible to changes in temperature and pressure. Even relatively small changes in either of these variables can cause air molecules to produce strong winds and other natural reactions. Some reactions are quite powerful and even devastating. When the air molecules are compressed, it causes something of a vacuum effect wherein a powerful suction is created.
The power of air comes from the pressure it is contained under. Being able to determine what pressure the air is under in any given situation can help determine how strong a pipe will be when laid under ground, how likely the presence of bacteria and other germs will be in a sterilized room, and whether or not a hurricane is likely to form, among many other things.
Air molecules tend to float loosely in the atmosphere; however as they do have a measurable mass quantity, they are able to be placed under pressure and used to provide force or energy. Compression is the act of removing the space between air molecules. This places them under extreme pressure. Under pressure, air molecules can become extremely powerful and this type of air power is used in a variety of ways. For example, air pressure is useful in pushing, turning, and lifting objects that are heavier than air itself.
Although most people are used to air pressure that is measured by sea level, there are some places in the world where air molecules are not as readily available. This is not typical of higher elevations, such as mountains. It is not uncommon for people to lose consciousness or become quickly dehydrated when air molecules are not as abundant in supply, such as when a person is well above sea level. Another time this can occur is when an airplane it flying into the sky. It is also important to be aware that certain elevations can cause a person’s ears to pop. For this reason, airplane cabins are pressurized, meaning that the air molecules are compressed to provide a sense of balance to the body while in flight.
The power of the air to oxygenate the body also decreases as the body is at a higher elevation. During outdoor activities, such as a mountain hike, the body will naturally begin to breathe more rapidly, even if there is little energy being exerted, as the presence of air molecules decreases. The power of the air to sustain heat also decreases as elevations rise and it is not uncommon to see the body temperature decline at a rate of almost 4o for every 1,000 feet of elevation increase.