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Chapter 2 Vocab P-63

Weather The condition of the bottom layer of the earth's atmosphere in one place over a short period of time.
Climate The term used for the weather patterns that an area 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 days, or one year.
Solsitce Either of the two times a year when the sun appears directly overhead at the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn
Equinox Either of the two times each year ( spring and fall) when day and nigh are nearly equal length everywhere on earth.
Precipitation All the form of water that fall to 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 the great central areas of continents in the Northern Hemisphere; characterized by cold, snowy winters and warm or hot summers.
Ecosystem The interaction of plant life, animal life, and the physical environment in which they live
Biome The term used to describe a major type of ecosystem that can be found in various regions throughout the world.
Deciduous Leaf Shedding: a type of tree that sheds its leaves during one season.
Coniferous Cone-Bearing; a type of tree able to survive long, cold winters, with long, thin needles rather than leaves
Chaparral A type of natural vegetation that is adapted to Mediterranean climates; small evergreen trees and low bushes, or shrubs
Savanna A tropical grassland with scattered trees, located in the warm lands near the equator
Herbivore A plant eating animal
Carnivore A meant eating animal
Prairie A temperate grassland characterized by a great variety of grasses
Tundra A dry, treeless plain where temperatures are always cool or cold and only specialized plants scan grow
Permafrost A layer of soil just below the earth's surface that stays permanently frozen.
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