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world geography

Chapter 2 voabulary

solstice either of two time of a year when the suns rays shine directly overhead at noon at the furthest points north or south and that mark the beginning of the summer and winter.
equinox each in two days in a year on which day and night are equal in length, marks the beginning of spring and autumn.
weather the condition of the atmosphere at a particular location and time.
climate the typical weather conditions at a particular location as observed over time.
precipitation falling water droplets in the form of the rain,snow,sleet,or hail.
rain shadow The land on the leeward side or hills on mountains that sets little rain from the descending dry air.
hurricane a storm that forms over warm tropical ocean waters
typhoon a tropical storm, like a hurricane that occurs in the western pacific
blizzard a heavy snowstorm with winds of more than 35 mph and reduced visiability of less than 1 quarter mile.
drought A long period without rain or with very minimual rainfall.
convection the transfer of heat in atmosphere by upward motion of air.
El nino a weather pattern created by the warming of the waters off the west coast of south america,which pushes warm water and heavy rain toward the Americas and produces drought conditions.
green house effect the layer if gasses released by a burning of coal and petroleum that traps solar energy causing global temperatures to increase.
tundra the flat treeless lands forming a ring around the Artic ocean the climate region of the Artic ocean.
permafrost permentaly frozen ground
ecosystem an independantly community of plants and animals
biome a regional ecosytem
deciduos a named characterist of broadleaf trees, such as maple,oak,birch,and cotton wood.
rain forest an area of tall, mostly grassland evergreen trees and high amount of rainfall.
coniferous another word for needless trees.
savanna the term for the flat grassy, mostly treeless plains in the tropical grasslands region.
steppe the term used for temperature grassland region in the northern hemipshere.
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