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Discuss in detail the general climatic patterns of the planet and the reasons for those...
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This is a very broad question and a topic about which entire books have been written, films made, and institutes established. Here is a basic outline reflecting climate patterns and change:
1880- Surface temperatures are measured
1979 - Satellites measure atmospheric temperatures up to 30,000 ft
1980 - Climate temperature has increased by 1.0 degree
1980 - 1995 - Eleven years of the warmest temperatures measured since record keeping began
Patterns of climate change in the form of global warming are affecting "the global water cycle: the exchange of water among the oceans, atmosphere, and land." Increased evaporation leads to drier soil; more water in the atmosphere, however, means more rain and snow.
In the U.S., precipitation has gone up 6% since 2000. This extra water causes floods, leading to soil erosion. In other parts of the country, evaporation is leading to severe drought.
Posted by currerbell on May 21, 2013 at 4:40 PM (Answer #1)
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