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Flashcards - Earth's Climate & Seasons

Flashcards - Earth's Climate & Seasons
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electromagnetic spectrum
The electromagnetic spectrum is the collective term for all known frequencies and their linked wavelengths of the known photons
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Thermohaline circulation
Thermohaline circulation is a part of the large-scale ocean circulation that is driven by global density gradients created by surface heat and freshwater fluxes
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greenhouse effect
The greenhouse effect is the process by which radiation from a planet's atmosphere warms the planet's surface to a temperature above what it would be without its atmosphere
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atmosphere
An atmosphere is a layer of gases surrounding a planet or other material body, that is held in place by the gravity of that body
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climate
Climate is the statistics of weather, usually over a 30-year interval
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climate
Climate is the statistics of weather, usually over a 30-year interval
atmosphere
An atmosphere is a layer of gases surrounding a planet or other material body, that is held in place by the gravity of that body
greenhouse effect
The greenhouse effect is the process by which radiation from a planet's atmosphere warms the planet's surface to a temperature above what it would be without its atmosphere
Thermohaline circulation
Thermohaline circulation is a part of the large-scale ocean circulation that is driven by global density gradients created by surface heat and freshwater fluxes
electromagnetic spectrum
The electromagnetic spectrum is the collective term for all known frequencies and their linked wavelengths of the known photons
rain shadow
A rain shadow is a dry area on the leeward side of a mountainous area
Weather
Weather is the state of the atmosphere, to the degree that it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy
prevailing westerlies
The Westerlies, anti-trades, or Prevailing Westerlies, are prevailing winds from the west toward the east in the middle latitudes between 30 and 60 degrees latitude
solstice
A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere
winter solstice
Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year

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