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Chapter 4: Global Climates & Biomes - Lesson 1: Unequal Heating of Earth

Chapter 4: Global Climates & Biomes - Lesson 1: Unequal Heating of Earth

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Explain the forces that drive global circulation patterns and how those patterns determine weather and climate.

Global climate patterns are driven by a combination of unequal heating of Earth by the Sun, atmospheric convection currents, the rotation of Earth and the Coriolis effect, Earth's orbit around the Sun on a tilted axis, and ocean currents.  The unequal heating of Earth is the driver of atmospheric convection currents.  These air curculation patterns are further modified by the deflecting action of the Coriolis effect.  The tilt of Earth's axis of rotation causes seasonal changes in temperature and precipitation as Earth orbits the Sun.  Ocean currents are driven by a combination of temperature, gravity, prevailing winds, the Coriolis effect, and the locations of continents.  Together, prevailing winds and ocean currents distribute heat and precipitation around the globe.

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Chapter 4 Lesson 1 Sticky Note Lecture

Objective: Explain the forces that drive global circulation patterns and how those patterns determine weather and climate.

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Chapter 4 Lesson 1 WSQ

DOK Question Stems

Use these stems to help you come up with questions for the WSQ chart. Please be sure you are using stems from DOK 2 and 3 for your questions.

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