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Geog Chp 3 - Climate, Enviornment, Resources

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Weather
the short term changes in the air for a given place and time
ocean currents
large streams of surface seawater
ecosystems
a group of plants and animals that depend on each others survival
savannas
areas of tall grasses with scattered trees and shrubs
climate
a region's average weather conditions over a long period of time
environment
the land, water, climate, plants and animals of an area
habitat
the place where a plant or animal lives
deforestation
the over cutting of trees
fossil fuels
non renewable resources that formed from the remains of ancient plants and animals
natural resources
any material in nature that people use and value
climate zones
temperate, polar, dry, tropical, highland
mild effect
large bodies of water that have an impact on temperature making it milder
Desertification
lack of water for plant growth
Sunlight
a renewable energy source
Petroleum
a non renewable energy source
wind
created when warm air rises and cool air takes its place
Prevailing winds
winds that blow in the same directon over a large area of the earth
Rain shadow effect
explains dry areas on mountainsides facing away from prevailing winds
extinct
species that dies out
front
place where two air masses of different types and moisture content meet