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  • 1. Unit 7: Water Cycle & Climate
    • No other planet in the solar system has the unique combination of fluids which Earth does. Earth has a surface that is mostly covered with liquid water, water vapor in the atmosphere, and both frozen and liquid water on the land.
  • 2. A. Earth’s Water
    • The continuous interchange of water between the atmosphere and Earth’s surface.
    • Includes the phase changes of water and the movements of water above, on, and below the Earth’s surface.
  • 3. Water (or Hydrologic) Cycle
    • Precipitation : The falling of water as liquid (rain) or solid (ice, hail, and snow).
      • It can:
            • Infiltrate the Earth’s surface
            • Runoff from the surface into streams, lakes or ocean
            • Be stored in the form of ice and snow
            • Be evapotranspired back into the atmosphere from large bodies of water, soil, plants and animals
  • 4.  
  • 5. Infiltration
  • 6. The Water Cycle
    • Ground Water – Water that is found under the Earth’s surface as the result of infiltration and storage
  • 7.
    • How does water infiltrate the ground?
      • Before runoff and evapotranspiration, water will usually infiltrate the Earth’s surface and become part of the groundwater .
  • 8. Ground Water
    • In order for water to move into the surface materials of the Earth, the materials (rocks/soil) must be permeable and unsaturated .
  • 9. Ground Water
    • 2. Porosity – The ratio of the volume of openings compared to the volume of the material .
    • Depends on:
            • Shape of the particles
            • Looseness of the particles.
            • How well sorted the material is
  • 10. Porosity
    • Water will pass more easily through a cylinder full of round beads, than a cylinder full of square blocks of the same size.
  • 11. Porosity
  • 12. Ground Water
    • 3. Permeability – A material is said to be permeable if it allows water to pass through the connecting pore spaces of the material.
    • How permeable a material is depends on the porosity
  • 13. Ground Water
    • The larger the pore spaces between the particles that make up a material, the greater the permeability of that material.
      • Gravel (large) = High permeability
      • Clay (very small) = Low permeability
  • 14.
    • Precipitation recharges the groundwater supply.
    • Wetlands and streams are present where the water table lies at the ground surface.
    • Streams gain water during the wet season and may lose water during the dry season .
  • 15. Groundwater flows down the hydraulic gradient (slope) from high elevations to low elevations. The shape of the flow path varies depending upon the local geological characteristics.
  • 16. Ground Water
    • Zone of Aeration – Portion of ground through which water passes until the water reaches the zone of saturation.
    • Zone of Saturation – Portion of saturated ground with an upper boundary called the water table.
    • Water Table – The top of the zone of saturation
  • 17. Ground Water
  • 18. Ground Water
    • Ground Water can be easily contaminated by:
    • Landfills
    • Herbicides
    • Fertilizers
    • Underground Storage Tanks (gasoline)
    • Oils
    • Failed Septic Systems
  • 19. Ground Water
    • 4. Capillarity – upward movement of water against the force of gravity in a narrow space, such as a tube, plant vessel, or fine sand particles.
      • The smaller the particle size the better the capillarity
  • 20. C. Surface Water & Runoff
    • Surface Water – Water which does not infiltrate or evaporate (ponds, streams, lakes, etc)
    • Runoff – When water moves over the surface of the Earth .
      • Occurs when rainfall exceeds permeability rate or slope of the surface is too steep to allow infiltration to occur.
  • 21. Climate [9 min]
  • 22. Climate
    • Climate is the average temperature and moisture conditions over a long period of time.
    • Water Budget – a system of accounting for moisture income, storage, and outgo for the soil in a specific area.
  • 23. A. Water Budget
    • Potential Evapotranspiration (PE ): All the water that could enter the air from plants and evaporation.
    • Precipitation (P) : All moisture from the atmosphere; rain, snow, hail and sleet.
      • Storage : Amount of water stored in soil, snow & surface water.
      • Usage : water evaporated or used = storage decreases.
      • Recharge: Precipitation.
  • 24.
    • Surplus : Water above what is lost naturally from the soil (when P is greater than PE)
    • Humid climates are those in which the total amount of P is greater than the total amount of PE
  • 25.
    • Deficit : Water that would be lost above what is in the soil if it were present (when P is less than PE)
    • Arid climates have significantly more total PE than P
  • 26. 2. Climate Pattern Factors
    • Latitude
      • Most important factor in determining climate, especially temperatures
      • Controlled by INcoming SOLAr radiaTION (Insolation)
  • 27.
    • As latitude increases , yearly temperature range (difference between highest and lowest temperature) increases .
  • 28.
    • Elevation
    • As elevation increases , average yearly temperature decreases .
  • 29.
    • Large Bodies of Water – moderate coastal climates because water keeps heat longer!
    Kansas, NE, IA, Syracuse San Francisco, LA, DC Example: Colder than Ave. (Harsh) Warmer than Ave. (Mild) Winters: Warmer than average (HOT) Cooler than Average (Mild) Summers: LAND OCEAN Winds from: Interior (land) Ocean/large lake Location: Continental Marine
  • 30. Orographic Effect and Cloud Formation
  • 31.
    • Orographic Effect
      • Orographic Effect – Mountains act as barriers to prevailing winds. As the wind hits the windward side of a mountain, the air is forced up, cools, condenses and forms clouds with precipitation.
      • Windward side – Side of the mountain that is exposed to the wind. WET
      • Leeward Side – Descending air warms and it holds more moisture, making it DRY .
  • 32. WINDWARD LEEWARD Prevailing Wind Air Rises, Expands & Cools Air Sinks, Compresses & Warms Affects of Mountains on Weather and Climate *Why does rising air cool? *As air temperature decreases, its ability to hold water___________ *Why does falling air warm? Cascade Mountains Condensation & Precipitation Now Answer the questions on page 12
  • 33.
    • Ocean Currents
    • The "Global Conveyer Belt" shows how the oceans move energy from the tropics to the poles and back again in order to moderate Earth's climate. This is accomplished through long-term ocean circulation.
    • Interesting fact: It takes up to 1000 years for water to completely circulate the oceans!
  • 34.
    • Surface Currents – like huge “rivers” in the ocean
      • Can be found on page 4 of the ESRT
  • 35.
    • El Nino
    • A warm ocean current resulting from a reversal of the ocean current in the Pacific which results in climate variability .
  • 36.
    • Wind Belts
      • Uneven heating of the Earth produces global wind belts and pressure belts. These “pressure belts” determine the wetness or dryness of a particular location. Low pressure occurs where air is rising and thus precipitation occurs. High pressure regions are areas that lack rainfall (DRY).
  • 37. You can find the planetary wind belt diagram on your ESRT page 14 Complete the worksheet on page 15 using your ESRT! Due tomorrow!

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