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HMS Ocelot SCI Final

HMS 6th grade Ocelot team Science Final - Key terms and ideas

control group none of the objects in the group are changed – used to compare
weather the temperature, precipitation, and cloud cover at a particular time and place
climate the average weather of a place over a long period of time
tropical climate climate type that is: • HOT YEAR ROUND (average temp. over 18 degrees C/ 64 degrees F) • WET (total of over 150 cm rain per year)
anemometer an instrument used to measure wind speed
wind vane an instrument used to measure wind direction
evaporation the process through which liquid becomes a gas (water vapor)
condensation / condense the process through which gas (water vapor) turns into a liquid
gravitational potential energy a type of potential energy due to an object's position above the earth
Law of Conservation of Energy Energy can be transferred, however, it can never be destroyed.
thermal energy a type of energy associated with heat
renewable energy energy resource formed by nature that can be replaced. examples: wind, solar, hydroelectric, tidal
nonrenewable energy energy resource that cannot be easily replaced by natural processes. examples: petroleum, coal
transform/transformation when energy changes from one type to another
absorb take in or soak up energy
reflect throw back (example: heat, light, or sound) without absorbing
wetlands a land area that: • WATER - is under water for at least part of the year • hydric soil - contains saturated soil with little oxygen • plants - supports the growth of plants adapted to wet conditions and hydric soil
hydric soil • soil that is saturated with water, and has very little oxygen
salinity amount of salt in water
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