3.  Discuss the energy-atmosphere system. Include in your discussion what you learned more about water and atmospheric moisture; and weather. Also discuss how geoscientists study the planet to come to the conclusions they do. Finally discuss why you think it is significant to study these topics.

Note: This question asks you to summarize chapters 7 and 8. Chapter 7 (“Water and Atmospheric Moisture”) covers atmospheric moisture and the heat properties of water, humidity and relative humidity, atmospheric conditions, and clouds. Chapter 8 (“Weather”) covers weather, atmospheric lifting and orographic lifting, weather maps, and violent weather. 

I. Overview

II. Water and Atmospheric Moisture

·        Discuss the heat properties of water (solid, liquid, and gas)

·        Define and discuss humidity and relative humidity

·        Discuss atmospheric conditions including stable, conditionally stable, and unstable conditions

·        Explain what clouds are, how they form, and some common types

III. Weather

·        Define weather

·        Discuss lifting and orographic lifting

·        Explain what weather maps are and how they work

·        Discuss violent weather


IV. Science of Geography

·        Define Physical Geography

·        Describe modern geoscience techniques: GPS, remote sensing (RS), and GIS

·        Explain how these tools are used in geographic analysis (give examples)

V. Significance

·        Discuss why it is important to study the topics above

·        Give examples to show a deeper level of understanding

VI. Summary

·        Include a summary at the end to reinforce the concepts discussed above (see online examples)