Water and Atmosphere District Assessment
Chapter 1 Fresh Water, 2.3 Currents and Climates, Chapter 3 Atmosphere, Chapter 4 Weather, and Chapter 5 Climate
Terms in this set (30)
Water that fills the cracks and spaces in underground soil and rock layers
The continuous process by which water moves from Earth's surface to the atmosphere and back driven from energy that comes from the sun
The process by which molecules at the surface of a liquid absorb enough energy to a gaseous state.
The amount of water vapor in the air.
The pattern of temperature and precipitation typical of an area over a long period of time
A large, powerful warm surface current in the Atlantic Ocean that affects the climate of land in its path
The water cycle is driven by energy from this.
The gas that makes up about 78% of the atmosphere.
The gas that makes up about 21% of the atmosphere.
An instrument used to measure air pressure
The layer closest to Earth, where almost all weather occurs; the thinnest layer
The layer of the atmosphere that contains the ozone layer.
The atmospheric layer between the stratosphere and the thermosphere.
The uppermost layer of the atmosphere, in which temperature increases as altitude increases.
The direct transfer of energy by electromagnetic waves.
The way Earth's rotation makes winds in the Northern Hemisphere curve to the right and winds in the Southern Hemisphere curve to the left.
Clouds that look like cotton and form less than 2 km above the ground.
The temperature at which condensation begins.
A warm, moist air mass that is formed over the ocean in tropical areas.
A warm, dry air mass that forms over land in tropical regions.
A cold, moist air mass that is formed over the ocean in polar areas.
A cold, dry air mass that forms over land in polar regions.
Narrow bands of high-speed winds that circle the earth, blowing from west to east.
A huge body of air that has similar temperature, humidity, and air pressure at any given height.
A swirling center of low air pressure
The area between the tropical and polar zones, from about 23.5 degrees to 66.5 degrees north and 23.5 degrees to 66.5 degrees south latitudes.
Sea and land breezes over a large region that change direction with the seasons.
When a warm air mass and a cold air mass meet and no movement occurs.
A large stream of moving water that flows through the oceans.
The measure of the force with which air molecules push on a surface. As you rise up in the atmosphere, air pressure decreases.