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northern hemisphere —> summer receives > light and heat
northern hemisphere winter receives < light and heat Equator: sunlight strikes at higher angle, is warmer 3 main gyres, equator to poles: trade winds, westerlies, easterlies
Wind, and patterns of atmospheric circulation, determine patterns of
clockwise in N hemisphere, counterclockwise S hemisphere
Climate and continental position:
Continents perturb these broad patterns of circulation
Continental size affects circulation as well larger land masses have highly seasonal climates compared to small land mases Can explain biomes and provinces (in part) by variation in temperature, precipitation,
light (larger-scale versions of the abiotic limiting factors in ecology)
But these factors alone don't tel...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2014 for the course GEL 107 taught by Professor Motani during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.
- Spring '08