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Homework Chap 8 - Lauren Dixon Mr LaRock OCS 1005 Chapter 8 Homework 1 How does the atmosphere respond to uneven solar heating How does the

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Lauren Dixon Mr. LaRock OCS 1005 March 12, 2011 Chapter 8 Homework 1. How does the atmosphere respond to uneven solar heating? How does the rotation of Earth affect the resultant circulation? The atmosphere moves in response to uneven solar heating and earth’s rotation. Earth is in thermal equilibrium which means it is growing neither significantly warmer nor cooler. However, the solar heating of Earth varies with latitude. Polar latitudes lose more heat to space than they gain, and tropical latitudes gain more heat than they lose. Earth’s uneven solar heating results in large-scale atmospheric circulation. Global circulation of air is governed by uneven solar heating and Earth’s rotation. The eastward rotation of Earth on its axis deflects the moving air or water away from its initial course. This is called the Coriolis effect. 2. Why doesn’t the ocean boil away at the equator and freeze solid near the poles? Water itself is moving huge amounts of heat between the tropics and the poles.
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2011 for the course OCS 1005 taught by Professor Condrey during the Spring '08 term at LSU.

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Homework Chap 8 - Lauren Dixon Mr LaRock OCS 1005 Chapter 8 Homework 1 How does the atmosphere respond to uneven solar heating How does the

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