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Weather Vocab 3-5

6th grade Weather and Atmosphere HMS Ocelots pages 3-5

QuestionAnswer
clouds large collections of water droplets in the atmosphere
condensation the process through which gas (water vapor) turns into a liquid
evaporation the process through which liquid becomes a gas (water vapor)
humidity the amount of water vapor in the air
water cycle the movement of water from one state to another
water vapor water in a gaseous state
groundwater water found beneath the earth’s surface
exosphere the uppermost layer of the earth’s atmosphere
mesosphere the layer of earth’s atmosphere where the temperature decreases in altitude (between stratosphere and thermosphere)
stratosphere the layer of earth’s atmosphere where the temperature increases with altitude (above troposphere)
thermosphere the layer of earth’s atmosphere where the temperature increases with altitude (between exosphere and mesosphere)
troposphere the lowest layer of earth’s atmosphere where people live and most weather occurs
wind the regular movement of air
anemometer an instrument used to measure wind speed
wind vane an instrument used to measure wind direction
prevailing wind the most common wind direction for a region
pollutant something that contaminates (pollutes) the environment
Created by: reneewrob on 2010-05-11



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