Study sets, textbooks, questions
Upgrade to remove ads
Relevant vocabulary for the AP Environmental Science test.
Terms in this set (17)
the envelope of gases that surround a planet and are held to it by the planet's gravitational attraction
O₃; An almost colorless gaseous form of oxygen; the highest concentration is found in the stratosphere where it absorbs harmful UV radiation
atmospheric pressure; the pressure exerted by the mass of air above a given point, usually expressed in millibars (mb), millimeters of mercury (mmHg), or in hectopascals (hPa)
layer of the atmosphere extending from the earth's surface up to about 10 km above the earth's surface. All of the earth's weather occurs in this layer, and air density is highest
layer of the atmosphere above the troposphere and below the mesosphere; contains the ozone layer
region of the stratosphere that contains a concentration of ozone sufficient to block most ultraviolet radiation from the sun
atmospheric layer above the stratosphere and below the thermosphere
atmospheric layer above the mesosphere
the meteorological conditions (temperature, wind, clouds and precipitation) at any given time and place
the weather in some location averaged over some long period of time
a severe tropical cyclone usually with heavy rains and winds moving a 73-136 knots
a localized and violently destructive windstorm occurring over land characterized by a funnel-shaped cloud extending toward the ground
a large body of air that has similar horizontal temperature and moisture characteristics
the boundary between two different air masses
ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation)
periodic large scale warming of surface waters in the tropical eastern Pacific ocean that temporarily alters both ocean and atmospheric circulation
air circulation cells
global air circulation patterns caused by differential heating of the earth's surface and deflection of air by the Coriolis effect; responsible for major climactic zones that converge around lines of latitude; from equator to poles: Hadley, Ferrel, Polar
The apparent curving of the path of an moving object moving through the air from an otherwise straight path due to the earth's rotation; objects are deflected clockwise in the Northern hemisphere and counter-clockwise in the Southern hemisphere
Which volume coverage pattern (VCP) would be best for tracking the evolution of a bow echo?
Why do computer mapmakers digitize map data?
The air next to the glass cooled to its dew point and condensation occurs.
which worldview proposes that we can and should manage the earth for our own benefit, but that we have an ethical responsibility to be caring and responsible mangers of the earth?
Recommended textbook explanations
Environmental Science: Sustaining Your World
G. Tyler Miller, Scott E. Spoolman
Environmental Science: Your World, Your Turn
Jay H. Withgott
Holt Environmental Science
Environmental Science Student Workbook
Kent Pryor, Richard Allan, Tracey Greenwood
Sets with similar terms
Unit 4 Science vocab
Power Words #1
Other sets by this creator
APES Air Pollution
APES Global Warming
V- Area under ground in which 3l pores are fillec e R
Peak demand (a) decreases electricity-generating capacity. (b) is caused by higher electricity prices. (c) occurs only in early morning. (d) can be managed using a tiered rate system. (e) can cause brownouts.
Which of the following statements about plants is not true? a. They make their food from oxygen and water through photosynthesis. b. Land plants have cell walls that help hold their stems upright. c. They have adaptations that help prevent water loss. d. Plants absorb nutrients through their roots.
Describe three effects a sudden decrease of pig frogs have might have on the community structure.