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World Geo

chapter 2 vocabulary

Weather Is 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 thought space.
Revolution One complete orbit of the earth around the sun. the earth completes one revolution every 365 1/4 days, or one year.
Solsice Ether of the two times a year when the sun appears directly overhead at the tropics of cancer and Capricorn.
Equinox Ether of the two times each year (spring and fall) when day and night are of nearly equal length everywhere on earth.
Precipitation All the forms of water that fall to earth from the atmosphere, including rain and snow .
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.
Front The boundary between two masses of air that differ in density or temperature.
Ecosystem Is formed by the interaction of plant life, animal life,microbes.
Biom Is used to describe major types of ecosystems that can be found in various regions throughout the world.
Deciduous Leaf-shedding; 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 scrub.
Savannas A tropical grassland with scattered trees, located in the warm lands near the equator.
Herbivores A plant-eating animal.
Carnivores A meat eating animal.
Tundra A dry, tree less plain where temperatures are always cool or cold and only specialized plants can grow.
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