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Geography Definition

All the definitions we needed to know for the test

Weather The short-term conditions of the air in a particular place and on a particular date
Climate The average weather of an area over a long period of time
Climate Change Changes in long term weather patterns caused by natural events or human activity
Global Warming An increase in average global temperatures near Earth's surface
Climate Regions Areas of Earth identified as having similar climate characteristics
Climate Factor A natural condition or situation that affects the climate characteristics of a place
Prevailing Wind The usual or common winds for a particular place
Trade Wind Winds that blow steadily toward the equator from the Northeast in the northern hemisphere or the southeast in the southern hemisphere
Air Mass Al large volume of air with similar conditions of temperature and moisture throughout
Ocean Current A flow of water within an ocean influenced by winds, gravity, and the spinning of Earth on it's axis
Relief Differences in elevation between the highest places and the lowest places in an area
Relief Precipitation Rain or snow that occurs as a result of air rising over mountains
Greenhouse Gases Gases in the atmosphere that contribute to the greenhouse effect by absorbing energy from the sun; they include CO2, methane and ozone
Fossil Fuels Fuels, such as oil, natural gas and coal, formed millions of years ago from the remains of plant and animals
Mitigation Action taken to reduce the consequences of a problem
Adaptation A change or adjustment made to deal with a new situation
Created by: rcleland



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