The General Circulation of the Atmosphere


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What are the three circulation cells in each hemisphere?

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1. Warm air rising creates areas of low pressure, particularly around the equator where we find the Doldrums. What is created when cool air starts to sink?

2. Which winds blow towards the poles and work to create the Ferrel cells?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Examining the different 'colors' of the wind, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of global air circulation. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the three circulation cells in each hemisphere as well as knowing the characteristics of high and low pressure.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Three circulation cells in each hemisphere
  • Differences between westerlies and easterlies
  • What creates a front
  • Features of the horse latitudes

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related air circulation lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding what creates a front and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing Differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as high and low pressure

Additional Learning

To learn more about the ever-present conditions of wind, review the corresponding lesson called The General Circulation of the Atmosphere. This lesson will help you:

  • Define what wind is
  • Identify the forces that create wind cells
  • Appreciate the main patterns of global air circulation
  • Describe how a polar front gets made