Earth Science Quarter 3


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What instrument is used to measure and record air pressure
What causes the Coriolis Effect
Earth's rotation
Describe the Intertropical Convergence Zone
Narrow zone near equator where Northern and Southern air masses converge, produce low pressure atmosphere and rain.
Lines joining points of equal pressure
A break in the geologic record created when rock layers are eroded or when sediment is not deposited for a long period of time.
Winds of SouthEast Asia and Indian Ocean change directions seasonally from NorthEast from November to March. SouthWest from April to October accompanied by heavy rain.
Where is the world are monsoons the most intense
Indian Ocean
Describe the jet stream and how it affects air travel in the USA
Fast moving rivers of air traveling from West to East, saves time and fuel if going eastward
What instrument is used to measure wind direction
Wind Vane
Why is Australopithecus classified as a Hominid
They walked upright
Fine droplets which fall slowly
What is the most common Precambrian Fossil
What is so important about the Burgess Shale
Soft bodied fossils
What was the main evidence used by geologists to make the divisions of the Geological Time Table
What is believed to have caused the mass extinction at the end of the Mesozoic Era
Meteorite Impact and Volcanic Eruption
Who first championed the Theory of Continental Drift?
Alfred Wegner
How was 02 introduced into Earth's atmosphere
Cyanobacteria and Archaea built Stromatolites by Photosynthesis
What has been the main cause of extinction during the Holocene Epoch
First bird- Avian Dinosaur
During which geological period was the Limestone under Rockford deposited
Ordovician Period
What was Matthew Maury's source of data for charting the oceans winds and currents
Naval Log Books
What contributions has Bob Ballard made to Oceanography
Discovered life along mid-ocean ridge at Hydrothermal vents and the Titanic
What contributions did Ben Franklin make to Oceanography
First to map the Gulf Stream current.
What contributions did Jacques Cousteau make to Oceanography
Co-invented S.C.U.B.A. in 1943 Championed the idea that humanity should protect ocean life.
Cone shaped mountain peaks
Ring-shapped coral islands formed on sinking volcanoes
Which ocean has the most deepest sea trench
Mariana Trench
Which ocean has the most longest-sea trench
Peru-Chilie Trench
Why is ice less dense than water?
The hydrogen bonds pack the molecules less compact in the ice
Uses chemical energy to form organic molecules from inorganic nutrients
Uses light energy to convert water and carbon dioxide into glucose
How does oxygen reach the deep sea floor
Sinking Polar
Shells from deep water sediment after they die and settle to the bottom
What is the average salinity of the ocean
What percent of the ocean's volume is made up by mixed layer
Which wines are most involved in forming the ocean's surface currents
Trade winds and Westerlies
A calm area in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in which green seaweed grows thick
Sargasso Sea
Ocean currents in Atlantic driven by warm surface currents and deep water
Gulf Stream Current
Explain the cause of the current flowing through the Strait of Gibraltar
Exchange of water due to evaporation between Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea
Why is upwelling important?
It brings greater concentrations of dissolved nutrients, such as nitrates and phosphates, to the ocean surface
What drives deep ocean currents
Differences in water density- temperature and Salinity
What happens to the salt when seawater freezes
It stays in the liquid water, it doesn't go into the ice
What type of areas experience the greatest tidal range
V shaped Bay// Bay of Fundy
What are two most abundant gases in the atmosphere by volume
Nitrogen and Oxygen
Freezing point of water in Celsius scale
0° Celsius
Boiling point of water in Celsius scale
100° Celsius
Lines that connect points of equal temperature
Which layer of the atmosphere contains most of Earth's weather
Which layer of the atmosphere contains most of Earth's ozone
Why don't you feel pressure most of the time
It's equal in all directions
Which type of clouds from hail
Transfer of heat by circulation within a substance due to difference in density
Transfer of heat through space by electromagnetic waves
Transfer of heat by molecules collisions
Rain that freezes as it falls
6 sided crystal, clear, measured with measuring stick
Temperature at which air becomes saturated
Dew Point
specific humidity
The amount of water vapor in the air at a given time and place; expressed as the number of grams of water vapor per kilogram of air.
relative humidity
Specific Humidity

Saturated Value X 100
Stratus clouds
Cumulus clouds
Cirrus clouds
Altocumulus clouds
Cumulonimbus clouds

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