a long, undersea mountain chain that has a steep, narrow valley at its center, that forms as magma rises from the asthenosphere, and that creates new oceanic lithosphere (sea floor) as tectonic plates move apart. The Site of Sea floor spreading.
a submerged mountain on the ocean floor that is at least 1,000 meters high that has a volcanic origin
Deep Sea Trench
A long, narrow deep depression in the ocean floor which typically runs parallel to a plate boundary and makes a subduction zone.
the flat or gently sloping land that lies submerged around the edges of a continent and that extends from the shoreline out to a continental slope
A relatively steep slope extending from a depth of 100 to 200 meters at the edge of the continental shelf down to oceanic depths.
the steep descent of the seabed from the continental shelf to the abyssal zone.
Steep Slope that drops down quickly into the depths of the ocean, which takes place on the edge of the continental Crust.
Features of the Ocean Floor
Mid Ocean Ridge, seamounts, islands, deep-sea trenches, abyssal plain, continental shelf, and continental slope.
The Total amount of dissolved salts in seawater. Average Ocean __________ = 35 ppt (parts per thousand)
huge circular moving current systems that dominate the surfaces of the oceans, formed because continents interrupt the currents' flow; rotates clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Southern Hemisphere
Parts of a Wave
Wave Height-he vertical distance from the crest of a wave to the trough
Crest (the highest point of a wave)
Wave Length-The horizontal distance between two corresponding parts of a wave
Trough- a narrow depression
Layers of the Atmosphere (in Order)
I. Troposphere (Lowest layer of atmosphere; Weather occurs in Troposphere)
II. Stratosphere (includes the Ozone Layer)
IV. Thermosphere [also includes the Ionosphere and Exosphere (atoms and molecules) . Can heat up to 1500 degrees Celsius]
an incorrect understanding or interpretation (I know thats not the answer to the question). Lots of people just tell themselves Earth is farther away because they choice too.
The observed effect of the Coriolis force, especially the deflection of an object moving above the Earth, rightward in the Northern Hemisphere, and leftward in the Southern Hemisphere.
Cause of Coriolis Effect
The rotation of the Earth; as air or water is moving, the Earth is rotating underneath is so they appear to bend. Winds in the Northern Hemisphere deflects to the right, and winds in the southern hemisphere deflect to the left.
Strongest/Weakest (Coriolis Effect, Winds)
Strongest at the equator; Rotation is faster.
Weakest at the poles; Rotation is slower.
A huge body of air that has similar temperature, humidity, and air pressure throughout it is called an air mass.
the location where an air mass formed its properties, usually large, flat, stagnant air, high pressure
Classification of Air Masses
Latitude of source region(affects Temperature)
Equatorial (E) -Hot
Arctic (A)- Cold
Tropic (T)- Warm
Polar (P)- Freezing cold
Underlying surface of Source Region (affects moister)
Martie or Ocean Surfaces (M)- Humid air masses
Continental or Land Surfaces (C)- Creates relatively dry air masses.
BAROMETER- measures air pressure
THERMOMETER- measures air temperature
WEATHER VANE- wind direction
PSYCHROMETER- relative humidity
Collections of particles of water or ice suspended in the air that are visible above the earth's surface
cumulus - puffy, cotton-ball-shaped;
stratus - occur in relatively thin, stable layers, have a sheet/layered shape;
cirrus - wispy shape, tapered feather-like curls.
A nimbus cloud is a cloud that produces precipitation. Usually the precipitation reaches the ground as rain, hail or snow, however
How does Weather get affected by Air Pressure?
High Pressure = fair or good weather.
Low Pressure = Cloudy, rainy weather.
the percentage of water vapor in the air compared to the maximum amount the air could hold
What can change Relative Humidity?
Increasing temperature. (If Temp goes up, relative humidity must go down)
the temperature at which the water vapor in the air becomes saturated and condensation begins. (Can't hold anymore water vapor beyond the limit. Remember the magical elevator)
What happens when dew point is reached?
Water comes out of the air (Cloud formation, fog).
Dew or Frost forms on the ground, depending on how cold it is.
When a warm body of air pushes a body of cool air sideways. Since the cool air is more dense, even though the warm air is moving sideways, some warm air will rise and condense, causing clouds and scattered showers. Warm fronts always move slower than cold fronts.
cold air moves into a region with warm air; blue triangles pointed in the direction they are moving; more steep than warm fronts; move faster (density); first sign= towering clouds; produce heavy downpours and wind
Cold air mass runs into a less dense warmer air mass. Causes cloud formation and potentially violent weather including thunder storms.
the area in which a warm air mass and cold air mass meet, but neither of them has enough energy to push against each other; brings many days of overcast, rainy weather
when warm air is lifted, this cold air mass collides with the advancing cold front. The warm air is thus squeezed upward between the two cold air masses.
a map or chart depicting the meteorological conditions, or predictions of conditions, over a specific geographic area at a specific time.
a liquid such as water in the form of very small drops, either in the air, in a substance, or on a surface
round pellets of ice larger than 5 mm in diameter. only forms inside cumulonimbus clouds during thunderstorms. forms when updrafts carry the ice pellet up and then drops it back down through several layers of cloud. every time it goes through a cold region it forms a new layer.
A sudden spark, or energy discharge, caused when electrical charges jump between parts of a cloud, between nearby clouds, or between a cloud and the ground.
a localized and violently destructive windstorm occurring over land characterized by a funnel-shaped cloud extending toward the ground
It begins as a funnel cloud with spinning columns of air that drop down from a severe thunderstorm. When they reach the ground they become tornadoes. Tornadoes are between 300 and 2,000 feet wide and travel at speeds of 20 to 45 miles per hour. They usually only last a few minutes, but their spinning winds, up to 300 miles per hour, can lift houses into the air and rip trees from the ground.
Strength Rating of Tornadoes
1. F-0 (gale) : 65-85 mph
2. F-1 (weak): 86-110 mph
3. F-2: 111-135 mph (strong)
4. F-3: 136-165 mph (Severe)
5. F-4: 166-200 mph (Devastating)
6. F-5: Over 200 mph (Incredible)
a severe tropical cyclone usually with heavy rains and winds moving a 73-136 knots (12 on the Beaufort scale)
tropical storms with winds exceeding 74 mph originating over the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans near high humidity and light winds. One well known characteristic of a hurricane is it's eye, which is generally about 5 to 25 miles in diameter and in which are present calm conditions, with clear skies and light winds. Hurricanes can move rather quickly losing intensity as soon as land is encountered, but not without having created very high tides and possibly massive destruction.
A storm system of strong thunderstorms with maximum sustained winds of 39-73 miles per hour or less.
Hurricane strength rating
One (74-95 mph); Two (96-110 mph; Damage roofs and buildings); Three (111-130 mph; Can destroy structural buildings and Mobile homes, and can cause floods)
Four (131-155 mph; Bad enough floods and damage many buildings); Five (Greater the 155 mph); holly cow
(oceanography) a warm ocean current that flows along the equator from the date line and south off the coast of Ecuador at Christmas time. it means the Little boy or Christ child in Spanish.