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Glossary of 6th Grade Science 2

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Wavelength
distance between 2 crests in a set a waves
Coriolis Effect
The effect of the spinning Earth on global winds and ocean currents
Rip Current
rush of water that flows rapidly back to sea through a narrow oppening
Climate
the pattern of temp. and precipitation typical of a certain area
Upwelling
upward movement of cold water that brings nutrient rich waters to the surface
tides
The daily rise and fall of the Earths waters along it's coastlines
spring tides
the tides that happen twice a month and are much larger than normal
Waves
walls of water formed in the oceans by winds that transfer their energy to the waters surface
neap tides
tides twice a month much smaller than normal
Sonar
sound waves for finding depth
water quality
measurement of substances in the water besides water molecules
sewage
waste water, often treated and cleaned for drinking
Current
large stream of moving water that flows through the oceans.
Crest
the highest part of a wave
Drought
areas that lack enough fresh water to meet its needs

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