Posted by: mrborden | December 16, 2012

Week 16 Winds and Currents


Dec 21 2012 (last day before winter break)
QFD:If the mayans were so smart, then why are they extinct?
?FD where are you going for the break?
Objective 5e. Students know rain forests and deserts on Earth are distributed in bands at specific latitudes




Dec 20 2012
QFD: Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more….”
― Dr. Seuss
?FD:Name the 4 major wind masses and decribe them
Objective 5e. Students know rain forests and deserts on Earth are distributed in bands at specific latitudes.





Dec 19 2012
QFD: Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.Thomas Jefferson
?FD: What are the differences between land and sea breezes and monsoons? what is similar?
Objective 5e. Students know rain forests and deserts on Earth are distributed in bands at specific latitudes.
1) QUiz
2) finish bookwork
1 How is energy transferred with ocean currents?

A heat at the equator moves away from the poles
B heat at the equator moves towards the poles
C heat moves along the equator
D there is no significant movement

2 Hadley cells are convection currents that move heat energy from the surface of the Earth to the atmosphere. As part of the cells, one is likely to find __________ at the equator.

A hot, moist air rising
B warm, moist air descending
C hot, dry air rising
D warm, dry air descending

3 Which of the following drives the global circulation of air?
A unequal heating of Earth’s surface
B equal heating of Earth’s surface
C wind patterns from the Southern Hemisphere
D deep ocean currents

4 The rotation of the Earth causes ocean currents in the Northern Hemisphere to
A deflect to the right.
B create upwelling.
C deflect to the left. 
D cause evaporation of water.

5 Ocean currents transfer heat from hotter regions of the Earth to cooler regions and modify __________.
A polarity 
B climate 
C carbon dioxide levels 
D rotation of the moon

6 Which type of pressure is associated with clear skies and fair weather?
A high pressure 
B abnormal pressure
C low pressure 
D normal pressure

7 Low pressure centers are associated with __________.
A slow wind speed 
B atmospheric carbon dioxide and oxygen
C clouds and rain 
D sunny days and hot temperatures

8 The rotational force of the Earth has a direct influence on __________.
A the greenhouse effect 
B global warming
C the Coriolis effect 
D ozone layer depletion

9 In the Northern Hemisphere, ocean and air currents veer to the right due to
A the rotational force of the Earth. 
B differing air pressures.
C the salinity of the ocean. 
D melting glaciers.

10 One of the effects of a __________ is a build–up of pollutants, or smog, in the air.
A temperature conversion 
B thermal conversion
C temperature inversion 
D thermal convection

11 What do temperature inversions do to the air pollution in downtown Los Angeles?
A block pollutants from reaching the lower atmosphere
B dissolve pollutants within the lower atmosphere
C release pollutants into the upper atmosphere
D trap pollutants below temperature inversions

12 As part of the global wind systems, air sinks at around 30 degrees latitude north and south of the equator. This causes belts of high pressure and contributes to the formation of __________.
A deserts
B rain forests
C snow
D tornadoes

13 Northern Africa and the Southwest United States have similar desert climates because both
A are located near the 30°N latitude band.
B have nearby warm ocean currents.
C are located along the equator.
D have high rates of humidity.

14 If one side of a mountain range has cool temperatures and gets plenty of rainfall, we would expect the other side of that range to have
A cool temperatures and get plenty of rainfall.
B warm temperatures and get plenty of rainfall.
C warm temperatures and get little rainfall.
D cool temperatures and get little of rainfall.

15 Death Valley is a long and low depression in unpopulated country of desert plains and rocky ridges. Located east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Death Valley is over 130 miles long and 12 miles wide. It runs north–south in California, near the border with Nevada.

Which of the following contributes to the conditions that created Death Valley in California?
A It is at a high altitude.
B It is on the leeward side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
C It is located at the convergence of the northeast and southeast trade winds.
D The atmospheric pressure is high in this area.

16 The land and sea on the Earth’s surface absorbs about __________ of direct and diffused radiation from the sun.
A 50% 
B 75% 
C 85% 
D 100%

17 What TOTAL percent of solar radiation is lost to space by reflection and scattering?

A 10% 
B 15% 
C 30% 
D 50%

18 All of the following gases are responsible for absorbing Earth’s thermal radiation EXCEPT __________.
A carbon dioxide 
B methane 
C nitrogen 
D water vapor

19 Without greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, Earth would __________.
A remain in a state of homeostasis
B not be a suitable habitat for living things
C have an increase in vegetation growth
D be a more suitable habitat for living things

20 The burning of fossil fuels produces __________, which is an important greenhouse gas.
A carbon dioxide 
B oxygen 
C water vapor 
D helium

Dec 18 2012
QFD: He who angers you conquers you.Elizabeth Kenny
?FD: What is a hadley cell?
Objective:5b. Students know the relationship between the rotation of Earth and the circular motions of ocean currents and air in pressure centers.
1) pg 556/557 all except for 6 questions you decide which ones
Dec 17 2012
QFD:If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.” ― Virginia Woolf
?FD: Where is there the least amount of global winds? the most?
Objective:5b. Students know the relationship between the rotation of Earth and the circular motions of ocean currents and air in pressure centers.
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