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Mod. E Unit 2 Lesson

Vocabulary for Lesson 3 Climate

TermDefinition
Greenhouse Effect An atmospheric heating phenomenon, that explains how the heat is retained by the atmosphere.
Albedo Describes how much sunlight a surface reflects.
Climate The average conditions of the atmosphere in an area over a long period of time.
Energy Balance The amount of energy coming into or out of Earth systems.
Latitude the distance north or south of the equator.
Elevation distance above sea level.
Rain Shadow Effect The phenomenon that causes one side of a mountain to be cloudy and have more precipitation, while the other side of the mountain is drier.
Climate Zones Areas of Earth that have similar temperature and precipitation.
Prevailing Winds Global patterns of wind that generally move in a certain direction.
Humid Tropical This zone is warm year round, has moist air, and lots of rainfall.
Created by: howellr