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Unformatted text preview: Atmosphere Chapter 3 & 4 8 Main Climate Control factors LACE MOPS Latitude Air Masses Responsible for the changing of temperature Source-region Maritine (M) Tropic mT.Warm-Wet Polar mP Cool-Wet PaciFc Cold ront Continental Tropical cT Hot-dry Polar cP Cold-dry Canadian Cold ront Arctic Cold-Dry Continentality Large land masses (Asia ex) have dry conditions & drastic weather differences in one day Unusual weather patterns in the middle of a large land mass Isolates the land from moisture Earth Science Atmosphere Chapter 3 & 4, Earth Science Elevation As you get higher and higher the climate changes From bottom to top 3.6 degree F per 1,000 ft 0-600m: Tropical rain Forrest, Tierra Caliente 600-8,000m: Montane cloud forest Tierra templada 2,400- 3,000m Eln Woodlands Tierra Fria 3,000-4,200m Alpine meadows Tierra helada 4,200m & up: Ice and Snow...Tierra helada Mountain Barriers Warmer and dryer on the back side of a mountain Rain Shadow Desert Can create micro-climates Ocean Currents Cold currents Warm currents Earth Science Atmosphere Chapter 3 & 4, Earth Science El Nino gives you rain in areas that are typically dry...
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