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1. 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.
2. What is a Cold Front? - Definition, Facts, Characteristics & Associated Weather
In this lesson, we will explore a weather phenomenon known as a cold front. We'll go over facts about cold fronts, as well as characteristics of and weather patterns that result from cold fronts.
3. What is Hurricane Season?
Learn the facts about hurricane season -- what is it, when does it happen, where does it happen, and why do hurricanes only form in certain locations during certain times of the year.
4. What is La Nina? - Definition & Effects
Did you know that strong winds in South America can lead to heavy monsoons in India? Read on to discover how this is possible and learn how La Nina could affect you.
5. What is El Nino? - Definition & Effects
El Nino is a weather phenomenon caused when warm water from the western Pacific Ocean flows eastward. In this lesson, we'll see how the effects of El Nino can be noticed in many parts of the world, with different regions experiencing varying weather anomalies.
6. What is Lightning? - Definition, Types & Causes
Have you ever wondered what lightning is and how it forms? In this lesson, you'll learn how lightning develops, different types of lightning, and what causes thunder.
7. Weathering: Definition & Explanation
Discover how rocks and minerals are broken down by chemical and mechanical forms of weathering. Learn about some of the many geological formations created by weathering, from large caves to beautiful arches made of rock.
8. What are Convection Currents? - Definition & Examples
This lesson will define convection, explain how it works, and describe how convection creates currents. We will also go through some examples of convection in the world around us: campfires, weather systems, and convection in the earth's mantle.
9. What are Tsunamis? - Causes, Effects & Facts
Disastrous tsunamis in Indonesia and Japan have raised awareness of these phenomena. But what are tsunamis, and why do they happen? This lesson will give you the answers.
10. What is a Solstice? - Definition & Facts
Learn about the summer and winter solstices and how they are related to the seasons. Understand the different reasons they occur and why they are important.
11. What is the Winter Solstice? - Definition & History
The day we call the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere has long been known as the winter solstice, and the shortest day of the year. Read more about the science behind this time of year, and the ancient and modern traditions it has inspired.
12. Doldrums: Definition & Location
Learn about the location of the doldrums and the mechanisms that create them. Understand how they are part of the general circulation of Earth and the importance of the doldrums on a global scale.
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