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geog_ch2 - Geography Midterm Review Notes Chapter 2 Earth's...

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Geography Midterm Review Notes Chapter 2 Earth’s Environmental System: geology, climate, hydrology, vegetation, agriculture o Geology Geological Environment Connections b/t inner earth + surface landscapes Framework for understanding human settlement patterns Plate Techtonics Heat exchange-convection cells: large areas of molten rock within Earth Look at figure 2.4 pg 51 for Global Tectonic Plates N. America straddles convergent plate boundary: Pacific and North American Plate African Rift Valley is example of Divergent Plate Boundary Pangaea Geologic Hazards Earthquakes, volcanic eruption, and tsumanis Global differences in the impacts of hazards o Wealthier countries reduce toll Geothermal/volcanic benefits Produces energy, soil fertility o Climates Atmospheric processes control and influence meteorological conditions Greenhouse effect Latitude- tropics vs high latitudes Continentality vs maritime climates
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