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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536

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2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

What letter symbols are used to identify air masses on maps? How are these combined?

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The letter symbols that are used to identify air masses on maps and the way in which these are combined.

Explanation

A two-letter code is  used to refer to air masses, implying its source region on the weather maps. The first letter among the two-letter code is either “m” or “c” that are normally written in lowercase.

The letter m is used to refer to maritime, which means that the source of air mass is water and hence would be comparatively moist. For continental air mass, which refers to the one that took birth over the land is denoted using letter c, and it may be usually dry.

The latitudinal zone of the source region is denoted by the second letter that is always capitalized. This includes E that signifies the equatorial region, and the air would be very warm...

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