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2-4-08 - Geography 500 Read Ch 2 Climate and Soils Climate...

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Geography 500 2-4-08 Read Ch: 2 Climate and Soils Climate Climate o Ancient Greeks first to classify climate Three zones Torrid, Temperate, Frigid o Contemporary classification based on “Koppen classification,” the most widely used climate classification system Vegetation types are a direct response to climate o Regional boundaries in this scheme delineate the temperature and precipitation association with vegetation limits o KNOW MAP IN BOOK Geographic Controls o Latitude o Relationship between land and water Continentality Maritime Influence o Topography o Impact of air masses Latitude o Temperature is a function of an areas exposure to the direct rays of the sun o Exposure is maximized at the equator and minimized at the poles o Consider the earth-sun relationship during the course of the year and its effects on various latitudes in the form of seasonality Relationship between land and water o Land tends to heat and cool more rapidly than water
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