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Ch 38: Earth's Oceans, Atmosphere & Climate

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Gain a better understanding of Earth's oceans, atmosphere, and climate with the help of these short video lessons and quizzes. You'll review topics like ocean currents, atmospheric pressure, humidity, and condensation. These brief lessons are great for individuals preparing for an exam.

Earth's Oceans, Atmosphere & Climate - Chapter Summary

This chapter includes lessons on Earth's oceans, atmosphere, and climate. There are discussions covering ocean currents, the rise and fall of tides, surface winds, fog, and more. After completing the chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Discuss the forces that drive deep water and surface ocean currents
  • Explain the effects of tides on coastal regions
  • Explore the effects of atmospheric pressure
  • Describe how surface winds are created
  • Detail how cyclonic weather patterns form
  • Discuss the different types of humidity
  • Explain how precipitation forms from condensation
  • Recognize the difference between climate and weather

We use brief video lessons that help you quickly and easily understand the topics presented. Our expert instructors provide plenty of examples. You can use the Help feature to submit questions to instructors if you get stuck on a topic. A brief multiple-choice quiz is available for each lesson to test your knowledge, and you can print the lesson quizzes for use as worksheets.

10 Lessons in Chapter 38: Earth's Oceans, Atmosphere & Climate
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What are Ocean Currents? - Definition & Types

1. What are Ocean Currents? - Definition & Types

Currents are responsible for circulating water throughout the earth's oceans. This lesson will discuss surface ocean currents, deep water ocean currents, and the forces that drive them.

What Are Tides? - Causes & Effects

2. What Are Tides? - Causes & Effects

Tides rise and fall under the influence of the gravitational pull of the moon and sun. Learn about different tides, why they are predictable and their effects on coastal regions of the world.

The Structure of the Atmosphere

3. The Structure of the Atmosphere

If you've ever climbed a mountain or been to the beach, you know that the atmosphere is different at different levels. This lesson explains how the structure of the atmosphere is really like a layer cake.

Atmospheric Pressure: Definition & Effects

4. Atmospheric Pressure: Definition & Effects

Atmospheric pressure is around us all of the time. The air you are breathing has weight, and although it doesn't weigh a lot, there is a lot of it around. This lesson will cover atmospheric pressure and its effects.

How Surface Winds Are Created

5. How Surface Winds Are Created

Surface winds are the winds that you feel outside near the surface of the Earth. This lesson looks into why winds exist in some locations and not others and also at the driving forces for these winds.

Cyclones & Anticyclones: Ridges & Troughs

6. Cyclones & Anticyclones: Ridges & Troughs

Rotating air in the atmosphere can create some of the most destructive weather patterns on earth. This lesson will examine how some of these cyclonic patterns form and what they mean for our weather forecasts.

Types of Condensation

7. Types of Condensation

There is evidence of condensation all around you, even if you don't know it! This lesson will explore the different types of condensation, including dew and fog.

What is Humidity? - Definition, Measurements & Effects

8. What is Humidity? - Definition, Measurements & Effects

Humidity is an important aspect of the atmosphere because it affects both weather and climate. In this video lesson you will learn about the different types of humidity and understand how temperature affects water vapor in the air.

What is Precipitation? - Definition, Types & Formation

9. What is Precipitation? - Definition, Types & Formation

Precipitation comes in many forms, but it all comes from the same general process. In this video lesson you will identify different types of precipitation, as well as how precipitation forms in the atmosphere from condensation.

What is a Climate? - Definition & Examples

10. What is a Climate? - Definition & Examples

Learn what climate is, and how not to confuse it with weather. Once you understand what a climate is, figure out what type of climate you live in by going over examples of Earth's different climate types.

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