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Earth's Dynamic Ocean and Atmosphere Table

Earth's Dynamic Ocean and Atmosphere Table

I need help with the following questions:

In the following list, provide in one to two sentences the role of the Sun and the oceans in weather, climate, and the water cycle.

The Sun The Ocean

Weather
Climate
Water Cycle

In the following list, provide in one to two sentences the cause and effects of air movements and ocean currents.

Causes Effects

Air Movements
Ocean Currents

Write a short analysis of the effects of the air movements and the ocean currents.

Identify a few characteristics of the bodies of water below for comparison.

Rivers
Lakes
Oceans
Sea
Estuary
Swamp
Bay
Wetland
Strait
Reservoir*
Canals*

* These bodies of water are man-made.

Outside research/references may be used to complete the table.

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Explain in one to two sentences the role of the Sun and the oceans in weather, climate, and the water cycle.

The Sun The Oceans
Weather The sun provides daily temperature high and lows and controls convective processes, which dictates the presence of clouds. The sun also provides energy and heat to the earth in the form of shortwave radiation. How close a location is to the ocean can affect the amount of rainfall it gets. Areas close to oceans get more precipitation where as those closer to the centre of a landmass get significantly less.

Climate The average annual amount of the sun's rays that reach the earth's surface can influence seasonal temperatures. Plants are also an integral part of climate, which in turn can only thrive with very particular amounts of solar radiation Oceans have a large heat capacity and thus are warmer than land in the winter and cooler than land in the summer. This creates a moderating effect on the temperatures of areas located near an ocean mass or water body.
Water cycle The sun is important to the latent heat flux (evaporation) which is important for cloud formation and precipitation. This makes it an important energy force in exchanging moisture between bodies of water and land masses.
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