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Unformatted text preview: The Earth as a Rotating Planet This is the first chapter of Part I which deals with the way in which solar radiation drives energy and matter flows in the atmosphere and oceans and how these flows are linked to weather and climate. This chapter introduces you to some basic ideas about the earth, its rotation and revolution. The earth is shaped as an oblate ellipsoid because the earth's rotation causes it to bulge slightly at the equator. The earth rotates in an eastward direction. The earth's rotation is important for 5 reasons: o the axis of rotation is a reference for latitude and longitude. o it results in the daily cycle that the 24 hour day is based on. o it influences physical and life processes on earth o it produces the Coriolis effect which deflects the flow of fluids (air and water) to the left in the southern...
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course GEA GEA2000 taught by Professor Wong,faith during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
- Fall '09