ISP lecture march14,2011

ISP lecture march14,2011 - Mariana trench-Sodium 30.62%...

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1. sea water covers 70.8% of the earths surface 2. land covers the remaining 29.2% of earth. 3. Water and land are unevenly distributed 4. The uneven distribution of land plays an important role in circulation of water. Oceans: receive the majority of incoming solar energy Direct conversion to heat energy Interactions with the atmosphere Transfer of gravitational energy to the earths system 1.35 billion cubic km or 324 million cubic miles of water. Average depth is 4500 or 14760 ft
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Unformatted text preview: Mariana trench-Sodium 30.62% & Chloride 55.07% are the prominent salts in the ocean Water has a high heat capacity- large amounts of solar radiation absorbed producing small increases in temperature. Ramge 36 Deg C(97 Deg F) -2 Deg C (28 Deg F) (Land 146 Deg C) Colder water is denser and tends to sink Density increases with salinity- saltier water tends to sink Colder, higher salinity water sinks General patterns of gyres (land masses, corolis effect and prevailing winds)...
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This note was uploaded on 05/25/2011 for the course ISP ISP 221 taught by Professor Bradenburg during the Spring '10 term at Michigan State University.

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