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Earth's Climate & Seasons - Chapter Summary
The Earth has a very diverse series of climates and weather patterns, as anyone who has gone outside can probably attest. But the factors that influence these patterns are often complex and difficult to understand. If you would like to learn more about the climate and seasons of the Earth, this chapter contains several video lessons that can teach you about these factors in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand online format.
Each lesson is taught by an experienced instructor, who reviews each aspect of the Earth's climate and how they specifically affect climate and weather patterns in different regions of the Earth. You can learn key definitions and helpful examples that allow you to better grasp the somewhat complicated factors of climate and seasons. Some of the specific topics you can learn about are:
- The global distribution of climates
- Climate classification
- The natural factors affecting a region's climate
- Ocean circulation and its effect on climates
- Patterns of the three wind belts
- Effects of volcanic eruptions
- The definition and effects of solar radiation
- Ways the Earth's axis and rotation affect seasons
The video tags allow you to jump to specific moments in each lesson that correspond to a main points, without having to scroll through the video from the beginning. The chapter also offers complete transcripts of each video that you can print and study away from your computer. Use your personal Dashboard to keep track of your learning progress as you move through different chapters.
1. Climate Classifications & Their Global Distribution
Earth has many climates, but we can categorize them based on common characteristics. In this video lesson you will identify the 5 major climate classifications on Earth, as well as where on Earth these climates are found.
2. Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate
Climate is influenced by factors like atmosphere, ocean currents, landforms and plate tectonics. This lesson explains how these effects affect our weather patterns, which determine climate.
3. Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate
The ocean waters are always in motion and as they travel around the globe they carry and distribute heat, which affects the global climate. Learn about the ocean circulation patterns and how they impact the climate.
4. The Global Wind Patterns of the Three Wind Belts
You are familiar with wind, but did you know there are different wind belts depending on where you are on the earth? This lesson will examine the three main wind belts: polar easterlies, tropical easterlies and prevailing westerlies.
5. Volcanic Eruption: Gases Released & Their Effects
Volcanic eruptions emit water vapor and toxic gases into the atmosphere. Learn about the gases emitted from an erupting volcano, such as carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, hydrochloric acid and carbon monoxide and their effects in this video lesson.
6. What is Solar Radiation? - Definition & Effects
The sun plays an important role to us on Earth. It provides many things such as light and warmth. But, what is solar radiation and how does it affect us? In this video lesson, you'll learn about solar radiation, how it allows us to survive, and the influence it has on our global climate.
7. Geography of the Four Seasons
This lesson will explain how the earth's axis and rotation affect seasons. In doing this, it will also highlight the concept of the summer and winter solstices, as well as how seasons vary around the globe.
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