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Unformatted text preview: EVPP 110 Lecture Learning Guide #17 Fall 2010 Physical Environment: Climate and Biomes What is the definition of an ecosystem? Do similar environments lead to the evolution of organisms that are similar in form and function? What is the "rule of climatic similarity"? What is a biome? What role, in general, does climate play in biomes? What is climate? How is climate different form weather? What two main factors determine a region's climate? Why are there variations in the earth's climate? Why do different parts of the earth receive different amounts of energy from the sun? Why are the tropics warmer? Why are the poles colder? Why is precipitation important to life and in determining distribution of biomes? What is the relationship between precipitation and productivity in ecosystems? What latitudes and other areas of the earth generally have low precipitation? Why is precipitation generally low near 30 degrees north and south latitude?...
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This note was uploaded on 01/21/2011 for the course EVPP 110 taught by Professor All during the Winter '08 term at George Mason.
- Winter '08