PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
STUDY GUIDE
EXAM 2

 

READ CHAPTERS 5,6,7

STUDY ALL VOCABULARY TERMS

ADDITIONAL HINTS:

  • Know how to do relative humidity problems.
  • Know how to do orographic uplift problems.
  • Know the location of all wind and pressure belts.
  • Know all measures of standard atmospheric pressure at sea level.
  • Does air pressure increase or decrease with increased elevation.
  • Understand the Coriolis Effect.
  • Know which local winds follow a daily or seasonal pattern.
  • What are prevailing winds?
  • Know the characteristics of  cyclones and anticyclones in each hemisphere.
  • Know the characteristics of cumulus, stratus, and cirrus clouds.
  • Do isobars increase or decrease in value towards the center of an anticyclone?
  • Would precipitation be higher on windward or leeward slopes of major mountain ranges?
  • List the three ways to make the air rise, expand and cool.
  • Is fog a form of condensation or precipitation?
  • What is a squall line?
  • Define a hurricane by wind speed.
  • What direction do mid- latitude cyclones tend to move across North America?
  • What is an occluded front?
  • Understand the terms saturation and dew point.
  • What causes westerly winds?
  • At what time of the day would you expect to find the highest relative humidity?
  • Can jet streams provide heat exchange in the atmosphere?
  • Can lighting occur within the same cloud?
  • What is a steep pressure gradient?
  • Is a radiation fog most likely to form during an inversion?
  • The closer the dew point temperature is to the actual temperature, the higher or the lower the relative humidity?
  • What do isobars connect?
  • What determines the capacity of the air to hold moisture?
  • Do tropical cyclones form out of a single air mass?
  • Understand the characteristics of warm fronts and cold fronts.
  • You will have a matching portion related to a cross section of a mid-latitude cyclone.

ESSAY QUESTIONS:

(1) Present possible explanations why precipitation is so low in  the Great Basin of the U.S. (Nevada-Utah area).

(2) Present possible explanations why precipitation is so high in the Amazon Basin. 

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