Chapter 17 Science Vocabulary

  1. the short-term state of the atmosphere, including temperature, humidlity, precipitation, wind and visibility
  2. the average weather condition in an area over a long period of time
  3. the distance north or south from the equator; expressed in degrees
  4. winds that blow mainly from one direction during a given period
    prevailing winds
  5. the height of an object above sea level
  6. a horizontal movement of ocean water that is caused by wind and that occurs at or near the ocean's surface
    surface current
  7. a large region characterized by a specific type of climate and certain types of plant and animal communities
  8. the region that surrounds the equator and that extends from about 23.5 degrees north latitude to 23.5 south latitude
    tropical zone
  9. the climate zone between the Tropics and the polar zone
    temperate zone
  10. the North or South Pole and its surrounding area
    polar zone
  11. the climate of small area
  12. a long period of climate cooling during which ice sheets cover large areas of
    Earth's surface; also known as a glacial period
    ice age
  13. a gradual increase in the average global temperature
    global warming
  14. the warming of the surface and lower atmosphere of Earth that occurs when carbon dioxide, water vapor, and other gases in the air absorb and trap thermal energy
    greenhouse effect
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Chapter 17 Science Vocabulary
Chapter 17 Science Vocabulary