Differences Between Maritime & Continental Climates


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Which of the following is true of maritime climates?

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1. Which of the following is true of continental climates?

2. Why is the climate of New York not as mild as the climate of San Diego?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Earth is full of a wide variety of different types of climate. Two climate types particularly relevant to a place such as California are the maritime climate and the continental climate. This assessment will go over important points on both types of climate, such as the characteristics of each type and some important terminology.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Characteristics of maritime climates
  • Characteristics of continental climates
  • Reasons for different types of climates in different areas
  • Heat capacity
  • Prevailing winds

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - test your recollection of the basic information related to maritime and continental climates, such as their characteristics and causes
  • Distinguishing differences - make sure that you understand both maritime and continental climates well enough to differentiate their defining characteristics, as well as the reasons for differences in climate between specific areas
  • Defining key concepts - once you've tested your understanding of both types of climate, assess yourself on the definitions of some key terms related to the topic, such as heat capacity and prevailing winds

Additional Learning

To learn more about these two types of climate, review the corresponding lesson called Differences Between Maritime and Continental Climates. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The maritime climate
  • The continental climate
  • Heat capacity
  • Wind currents