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climate is the average condition of the atmosphere over a long period of time
prevailing winds winds coming from one direction that blow most of the time
weather is the condition of the atmosphere at a particular time
humidity the amount of water vapor in the air
air mass a large area of air that has the same temperature and humidity
front boundary between two air masses
hurricane is a strong storm with swirling winds and heavy rainfall
tornado smaller storm than a cyclone, but it has even more powerful winds that can reach up to 300mph
biological resources are living things, such as livestock, plants, and trees
mineral resources are non-living resources buried within Earth, such as coal and oil
nonrenewable resources resources that are limited and cannot be replace
renewable resources never run out or a new supply develops over time
habitat is a plant or an animal's natural environment
ecosystem is a community of plants and animals and their habitat
marine life plants and animals of the ocean
biotic living things in an environment
abiotic the nonliving things in an environment
coral reefs "rain forests of the seas"
winward the side of the mountain range that faces the oncoming wind
leeward the side of a mountain range that faces away from the oncoming wind
monsoon sea and land breezes that blow over a large region that change with the the seasons
altitude elevation above sea level
population organisms of the same species living together in the same environment
environment the surroundings in which an organism lives
factors that affect climate latitude, elevation, prevailing winds, ocean currents
marine protected areas ocean habitats that can recover and grow if human impact is limited
community Populations living in the same environment at the same time
food & shelter what an organism needs to survive
Endangered Species Act a law that protects the habitats of endangered species
habitat preservation a way to help protect animals and plants
tundra climates long cold winters, short summers
Created by: JudyDavenport
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