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The Biosphere Abiotic components Temperature Water Sunlight Wind Rocks and soil Periodic disburbance Weather Climate - Temperature and moisture most important. Climograph - Image Uneven heating of Earth's surface - Image and Fig 37.12 – 30 degrees cool, dry air sinks and becomes reheated. Desserts and shit. 60 degrees air rises and cools and sheds its moisture, so temperate forests Atmospheric circulation and Fig 37.13 - pattern of air movement out from and back to the earth’s surface forms three pairs of great cycles. Elevation and latitude Fig 37.14 – elevation increase, temp falls. Same with lattitude Effect of nearby bodies of water on temperature on land - cold air goes onto a warm land and its moisture holding capacity is increase resulting in dry, hot summers and cool winters. Rainshadow effect - Image and Fig. 37.15 – as air passes the peak and descends on the far side of the mountains, it is warmed and it sucks up all available moisture resulting in desert. AQUATIC HABITATS
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This note was uploaded on 06/09/2008 for the course BIO 301M taught by Professor Jasper during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas.

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