How Earth's Orbit & Tilt Impacts Climate Change


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What is the measure of how elliptical (non-circular) an orbit is?

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1. What is the variation in the Earth's tilt called?

2. What is the wobble of the Earth called?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The effects of Earth's orbit and tilt on climate change can be calculated and charted. This quiz will test your understanding of how the orbit, tilt and wobble of the Earth influences climate change over time. Terms you'll be assessed on include eccentricity, obliquity and procession.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on

  • The term for the Earth's wobble
  • The term for and cycle length of Earth's varying elliptical orbit
  • Why the current variations in tilt and orbit are not causes of global warming

Skills Practiced

Use this worksheet with the accompanying quiz to test yourself on skills such as the following:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson explaining the effects of the Earth's tilt and orbit on climate change
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about global warming in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as variation in eccentricity and Milankovitch Cycles

Additional Learning

To learn more about how the Earth's orbit, tilt and wobble influence climate change, review the accompanying lesson titled How Earth's Orbit & Tilt Impacts Climate Change. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the differences between eccentricity, obliquity and procession
  • Understand the relationship between Milandovitch Cycles and global warming
  • Know the definition of climate change

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