Ocean Influences on Weather
- Keeps our planet warm
- radiation from the sun is absorbed by the ocean
- water molecules that receive heat evaporate: from a liquid state to vapor, a gas state
- Ocean currents
- transports warm water from the equator to the poles, and cold water from the poles to the tropics
- without currents, regional temperatures would be more severe
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Source: Ocean Exploration and Research
Impact of Water Cycle on Weather
- The water cycle allows for more clouds to form in the region, which decreases the temperature, as a result, we receive rainfall and snow in some regions.
- Too much rain can cause floods, which is why the water cycle is important: the water must run off or infiltrate to prevent floods.
- Also, no rain can cause droughts, which is why it is important that the cycle remains consistent. We need evaporation, so that it leads to condensation, and we receive precipitation.
Source: TheWeatherStation.com. (2019)
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