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CHAPTER 2 VOCAb,

chapter two vocab

TermDefinition
Weather the condition of the bottom layer of the earth's atmosphere in one place oveer a short period of time
Climate the term used for the weather patterns that an ares typically experiences over a long period of time
Rotation the spinning motion of the earth, like a top on its axis as it travels through space
revolution one complete orbit of the earth around the sun the earth completes one revolution every 365 1/4 day
Solstice either of the two times a year when the ssun appeears directly overhead the tropics of cancer and capricorn
Eqinox eith of the times each year where day and night are nearly equal everywhere on the earth
Precipitation all the forms of water that fall to the earth from the atmosphere including rain and snow
Front the boundary between two masses of air that differ in density or temperature
Continental CLimate the type of climate found in thr great central aareas of continents in the nothern hemisphere characterized by cold snowy winters and warm hot summers
ecosystem the interaction of plant life, animal life , and the physical enviroment in ehich they live
biome the term used to describe a major type of ecosystem that can be found in varius regions throughout the world
deciduous a type of tree that sheds its leaves during one season
coniferous a type of tree being able to survive long , cold winters, with long , thin needle rather leaves
chaperral a type of natural vegitation that is addapted to meddertaranian climates, small evergreen trees and low bushes or scrub
savanna a tropical grassland with scattered trees, located in warm lands near the equator
herbivore a plant-eating animal
carnivore a meat-eating animal
prarie a temperate grassland characterized by a great variety of plants
tundra a dry treeless plain where temperatures are always cool or cold and only specialized plants can grow
permafrost a layer of soil just bellow the earths surface that stays permanantly frozen
Created by: RebeccaHammons