Ecology - factors Regional Factors That affect climate are large bodies of water land areas and ocean currents Map shows isopleths of annual mean

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Ecology! Adiabatic Cooling As atmospheric gases expand, the temperature of the gases drops. Clouds condense at the equator due to adiabatic cooling producing afternoon thunderstorms. These air circulation cells result in latitudinal climatic patterns. Best example is major desert regions. Map of Global Aridity Major deserts occur around 30° latitude N and S where dry air sinks and creates areas of high pressure. But climate patterns somewhat deflected, due to regional
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Unformatted text preview: factors. Regional Factors That affect climate are large bodies of water, land areas, and ocean currents Map shows isopleths of annual mean temperatures Oceans moderate coastal temperatures (water has a high specific heat) and major ocean currents can transfer heat great distances. Compare west coast of N. America and Mid-America and Norway....
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This note was uploaded on 02/29/2012 for the course BIO 123 taught by Professor Druger during the Spring '08 term at Syracuse.

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