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Unformatted text preview: b. Very little rain or snow c. Permafrost: permanent ice resulting from rain falling on frozen ground-Biomes are defined by rainfall and temperature Rain shadow effect: The reason why deserts are dry. As the air goes east, its moisture-holding capacity increases and the air picks up moisture from its surroundings, resulting in desert conditions prevailing on the east side of the mountains. Microclimate: localized climatic conditions that exist within ecosystems Greenhouse effect: The particles of carbon dioxide and other gases reflect the longer wavelengths of infrared light, or heat, radiating from the surface of the earth, keeping them in the atmosphere Global warming: the increased global temperature...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course BIOL 001 taught by Professor Noel during the Spring '08 term at Marquette.
- Spring '08