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Ch. 5 Overviews Page 1 1. What key factors determine the earth’s climate? Average temperature Average precipitation 2. How does climate determine where the earth’s major biomes are found? Amount of solar radiation reaching the area Earth’s daily rotation and annual path around the sun Air circulation over the earth’s surface The global distribution of landmasses and seas The circulation of ocean currents The elevation of landmasses 3. What are the major types of desert and grassland biomes, and how do human activ- ities affect them? Deserts: Tropical Temperate Cold Desert Degradation: Large desert cities Soil destruction by off-road vehicles and urban development Soil salinization from irrigation Depletion of underground water supplies Land disturbance and pollution from mineral extraction Storage of toxic wastes Large arrays of solar collectors used to produce electricity Grasslands:
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course ENVIRO 101 taught by Professor Wood during the Spring '11 term at South Carolina.

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