9 terms

8th Grade Science, Oceans & Climate

deep current
an ocean current formed when cold water flows underneath warm water
continental climate
A climate within a large continent without the modifying influence of water
maritime climate
A climate influenced by nearness to a sea or ocean
the ratio of the mass of a substance to the volume of the substance
prevailing winds
winds that blow in the same direction over large areas of Earth
Thermohaline circulation
water circulation produced by differences in temperature and/or salinity (and therefore density)
El Nino
a warming of the ocean water along the western coast of South America
carbon sink
A natural environment that absorbs and stores more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it releases, which offsets greenhouse gas emissions.
climate zones
areas or regions where the climate is similar; factors such as latitude, mountains, and oceans affect what is found in the region