Orographic Effect: Definition & Concept


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The leeward side of a mountain receives _____ the windward side.

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1. In regards to the orographic effect, the blue arrow represents _____.

2. Which of the following BEST describes the cause of a rain shadow?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will gauge your knowledge of the orographic effect. Quiz questions focus on a variety of topics, including rainfall on the leeward and windward sides of a mountain and how to identify the windward side of a mountain.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review the following:

  • Effect a weather system has on temperature and pressure as it move up a mountain
  • Relative rain on a mountain's leeward side
  • Identification of the windward side
  • Causes of a rain shadow

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the causes of a rain shadow and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as rain on the leeward side relative to the windward side of a mountain
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve deductive mountain side identification problems

Additional Learning

To learn more about, review the corresponding lesson titled Orographic Effect: Definition & Concept. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand the effect of orographic lifting
  • Identify how the weather must follow the topography of land
  • Explain how the weather system changes as it moves in elevation
  • Describe what causes rain to form at higher elevation
  • Know why a mountain can produce a rain shadow