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What is weather?
the condition of the atmosphere at a particular place and time
continually changing in a dynamic matter because of heat
What is climate?
the average weather characteristics of a given region
What is the Koppen-Geiger system?
climate classification system based on native vegetation
How many groups are in the Koppen-Geiger system?
Groups A, B, C, D, and E
What are the Koppen-Geiger systems?
What is the atmosphere made of?
What are permanent gasses?
proportions stay constant
have little effect on the atmosphere
Nitrogen, Oxygen, Argon
What are variable gasses?
proportions vary with time and space
play important role in atmospheric dynamics
What is the cryosphere?
part of the hydrosphere that stays frozen year round
(permafrost, ice caps, glaciers)
How do glaciers move?
from high areas to low areas
new snow forms at high elevations; ice melts, evaporates and breaks off at lower elevations
What are the two types of glaciers?
: cover a large part of a continent
: streams that flow down canyons and valleys
What are some different ways to get paleo-proxy data?
How can we study past climate changes?