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Unit 7/8

Oceans and Climate

surface current horizontal movement of ocean water caused by wind
deep current stream-like movement of ocean water far below the surface
salinity the amount of dissolved salts in a liquid
prevailing winds belts of air flow characterized by one main direction
coriolis effect curving path of a moving object due to Earth's rotation
global warming gradual increase in the average global temperature
unequal heating changes in density that result in air flow (wind) or water (currents)
greenhouse effect warming of the surface and lower atmosphere
greenhouse gases gases in the atmosphere such as carbon dioxide which can increase the greenhouse effect
climate long term temperature and precipitation of an area
boundary current currents that are deflected due to the presence of a continent
human industrialization increases the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere
regional climate zones the average temperature and humidity of a particular region
global climate the average temperature and humidity of Earth
adaptive capacity the ability of a species to survive in the event of a change in the environment (ie. global warming)
Created by: mrsmilkeway