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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536

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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

What factors cause the greatest deviations from an east–west trend in the isotherms on Understanding Map Content 3.1a and 3.1b? What factors cause the greatest differences between January and July maps?

To determine

The factors causing the greatest deviations from an east-west trend in the isotherms on Understanding Map Content 3.1a and 3.1b and the factors causing the greatest differences between January and July maps.

Explanation

A land surface absorbs and loses heat at a faster rate compared to that of water. The surface characteristics below the air might affect the heating or cooling of the air above the surface. Hence, the temperatures on land or over water bodies exposed to oceanic winds, common in maritime locations, may be more moderate than those of continental interiors located within the same latitude. This proves that differential heating of the land and water controls the distribution and variation of temperature over the Earth. This may be a factor causing the greatest deviations in temperature.

The latitudinal location of a place and the angle of incidence of solar radiations also affect the Earth’s temperature distribution. As it is farther from the equator, the angle of incidence of solar rays would be smaller and vice versa...

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