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[GEOG 102] - Final Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam (276 pages long!)


Department
Geography
Course Code
GEOG 102
Professor
Raphael Marilyn
Study Guide
Final

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UCLA
GEOG 102
FINAL EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Geog 102
Professor Marilyn Raphael
Fall 2016
Introduction to Tropical Climatology
Tropics: global sea surface temperatures are the warmest
A tropical wave located midway between the Lesser Antilles Islands and the
coast of Africa on Sunday afternoon was headed west at 15-20 mph, and has the
potential to become a dangerous storm in the Caribbean later this week
Tropical waves can bring about hurricane
Locations closer to the equator rarely experience hurricanes
El Nino Southern Oscillation begins in the tropics, impacts the entire globe
Societies in tropics are dependent on the yearly rains/monsoons
Agriculture
Tropics lie between the Tropic of Cancer (23.5 North) and the Tropic of Capricorn
(23.5 South)
Sun is directly overhead (you can stand on your shadow!) → maximum solar
radiation (this is why tropics are warm)
Definition of the Tropics:
23.5 N to 23.5 S: the region within which the sun can be in its zenith
(perpendicular) to the earth’s surface.
Region across which the subsolar point travels.
Climates of the tropics do not “stop” abruptly at the latitudinal boundaries,
rather there is a gradation in climate (like all regions)
30 North to 30S: the axes of the subtropical high pressure cells
Region in which there is the absence of a true cold season
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Daily range of temperature exceeds the annual range
Humid or dry
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