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Global Winds Questions

Directions: In your journal, answer the questions using complete sentences.

  1. Study the global wind pattern on your diagram. At what latitudes is air rising ?
  2. Is the rising air expanding or compressing ?
  3. How is the air temperature changing as it rises?
  4. Would you expect clouds and precipitation at latitudes with rising air? Why ?
  5. Study the global wind pattern on your diagram. At what latitudes is air falling ?
  6. Is the falling air expanding or compressing ?
  7. How is the air temperature changing as it falls ?
  8. Would you expect clouds and precipitation at latitudes with falling air? Why ?
  9. Why don't we find tropical rain forests at 60° N even though air is rising at this latitude ?
  10. Why is Antarctica sometimes called an icy desert? (Use your global wind diagram to help you explain.)
  11. Most of the world's great deserts are near 30° N and 30° S latitude. Explain why this is true.