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Georgia Virtual Learning: Physical Oceanography Terms

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Climate
Prevailing weather conditions of a region including temperature, air pressure, humidity, precipitation, sunshine, cloud cover, and wind.
Thermocline
Layer of water in an ocean where the temperature gradient is greater than that of the warmer layer above and the colder layer below
Greenhouse gases
Any of the gases whose absorption of solar radiation is responsible for the atmospheric heating phenomenon
Global warming
An increase in the earth's average atmospheric temperature that causes corresponding changes in climate that may result from the greenhouse effect
El Nino
A warm ocean current of variable intensity that develops after later December along the coast of Ecuador and Peru and sometimes causes catastrophic weather conditions.
Coriolis effect
The apparent reflection of a body in motion with respect to the earth as seen by an observer on the earth caused by the rotation of the earth and appearing as deflection to the right in the Northern Hemisphere and a deflection to the left in the Southern Hemisphere.
Gyres
A circular or spiral form found in circular ocean currents
Radiation
The process in which energy is emitted as particles or waves
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