SO262, Fall 2009

Quiz 1a

 

Location A

Location B

Location C

 

Location A: 26˚S, near Tropic of Capricorn

Location B: 63˚S,outside Antarctic Circle ( 66˚)

Location C: 70˚S, inside Antarctic Circle ( 66˚)

   

The three graphs above show the number of hours of daylight throughout the year at three locations on earth.

 

(3) Where you think these three locations are, and how do you know? Be as specific as possible.

 

 

(3) Is there any day when these locations have similar lengths of daylight? On what days will the lengths of daylight be most different? What causes the changes?

  

(4) What do physical geographers study, and why are maps and remote sensing so important?

 

Page 4 of the text, or the glossary, would have been good places to look this up. Include the word "spatial" or a synonym.

 

 (2) What is the difference between shortwave and longwave radiation for the earth's energy balance, and why is it important for life on earth?

 

 

 

(4) Why does these two map projection look the way they do, and what are the ellipses shown on it trying to depict? Would one of the maps be better for navigation, and if so, why?

 

 

(4) How does temperature vary vertically in the atmosphere? Discuss the general pattern, and any exceptions.

 


SO262, Fall 2009

Quiz 1b

 

Location A

Location B

Location C

 

Location A: 78˚N, inside Arctic Circle  ( 66˚)

Location B: 61˚N,outside Arctic Circle  ( 66˚)

Location C: 21˚N, near Tropic of Cancer

 

 

The three graphs above show the number of hours of daylight throughout the year at three locations on earth.

 

(3) Where you think these three locations are, and how do you know? Be as specific as possible.

 

(3) Is there any day when these locations have similar lengths of daylight? On what days will the lengths of daylight be most different? What causes the changes?

  

(4) What do physical geographers study, and why are maps and remote sensing so important?

 

Page 4 of the text, or the glossary, would have been good places to look this up. Include the word "spatial" or a synonym.

 

(2) What is the difference between shortwave and longwave radiation for the earth's energy balance, and why is it important for life on earth?

 

Physical geography considers shortwave to be the VIS (UV and NIR are of much lesser importance), and longwave is the TIR (emitted).

 

 

(4) Why does these two map projection look the way they do, and what are the ellipses shown on it trying to depict? Would one of the maps be better for navigation, and if so, why?

 

 

(4) How does temperature vary vertically in the atmosphere? Discuss the general pattern, and any exceptions.