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Atmospheric Circulation

Considering the theory of plate tectonics and the movement of landmasses over geologic time, would you expect atmospheric circulation of the past to be the same as we see today? Why or why not? Consider the factors that determine global wind patterns and whether they have changed over time.

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1. I need your assistance in putting together a response to the following earth science question: Considering the theory of plate tectonics and the movement of landmasses over geologic time, would you expect atmospheric circulation of the past to be the same as we see today? Why or why not? Consider the factors that determine global wind patterns and whether they have changed over time.

Considering the theory of plate tectonics and the movement of landmasses over geologic time, we would not expect atmospheric circulation of the past to be the same as we see today. These changes are clearly evident in today's climate. The term climate change refers to global changes in temperature, wind patterns, and precipitation. One explanation for these changes is that they are being driven by a gradual warming of the Earth's atmosphere (commonly referred to as global warming). The Earth's climate has been changing slowly over the centuries. Cold periods have alternated with warm periods. However, these changes have been happening at a much faster and devastating rate in recent years. The 1980s and 1990s were the ...

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Considering the theory of plate tectonics and the movement of landmasses over geologic time, this solution answers the question: Would you expect atmospheric circulation of the past to be the same as we see today? It also considers the factors that determine global wind patterns and whether they have changed over time. Supplemented with one highly supportive article.

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