The Physical Environment

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Atmospheric and Ocean Circulation

Air Pressure

Controls over wind direction and speed

Cyclones and Anticyclones

Local Scale Wind

Regional Scale Wind

Global Scale Circulation

Wind and Pressure Aloft

Ocean Circulation and Atmospheric Circulation

Future Geographies: Air Pressure and Winds

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For Citation: Ritter, Michael E. The Physical Environment: an Introduction to Physical Geography.
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