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Atmospheric Circulation

Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulation


Use the links below to review and assess your learning. Start with the "Important Terms and Concepts" to ensure you know the terminology related to the topic of the chapter and concepts discussed. Move on to the "Review Questions" to answer critical thinking questions about concepts and processes discussed in the chapter. Finally, test your overall understanding by taking the "Self-assessment quiz".

Additional Resources

Use these resources to further explore the world of geography.


Video icon USGS Public Lecture Series: "Out of Africa--Dust in the Wind" (October, 2009) Description from the site: "Every year, billions of tons of fine desert dust from the Saharan Desert are transported thousands of miles through the atmosphere to the Americas, Europe and the Near East. Living microorganisms and chemical contaminants such as pesticides and metals are carried along with the dust. What biological and chemical contaminants are hitchhiking with the dust and how might downwind ecosystems such as coral reefs and human health be affected?"

"The Blue Planet" (Annenberg/CPB) Planet Earth Series. Scientists aboard the space shuttle study the oceans from above while researchers dive to the depths of the "middle ocean" to view rare life forms. (58:00)  Go to the Planet Earth site and scroll to "The Blue Planet". One-time free registration may be rquired.

  Web Sites

web site icon Ocean (NOAA) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration main web site about the ocean.




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