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James Petersen
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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

Look at Understanding Map Content 4.1, to reexamine the maps of average sea-level pressure for January (a) and July (b). Answer the following questions:

  1. a. Why is the subtropical high pressure belt more continuous (linear, not cellular) in the Southern Hemisphere than in the Northern Hemisphere in July?
  2. b. During July, what area of the United States exhibits the lowest average pressure? Why?

a)

To determine

The reason for the subtropical high pressure belt is more continuous in the Southern Hemisphere than in the Northern Hemisphere in July.

Explanation

There are generally seven pressure belts (two polar highs, two subpolar highs, two subtropical highs, and one equatorial low) that form into cells of pressure in latitudes.

In latitudes where continental landmasses are separated by ocean basins, the pressure belts have a tendency to form cellular pressure systems. These high- and low-pressure cells are formed because of the differential heating of land and water...

b)

To determine

The area in the United States exhibits the lowest average pressure and its reason.

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