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Rain Forest
A forest in the topical wet climate zone that gets plenty of rain all year.
Tropical Zone
The area near the equator, between about 23.5 degrees north latitude and 23.5 degrees south latitude.
El Nino
an abnormal climate event that occurs every two to seven years in the Pacific Ocean that causes changes in winds, currents and weather patterns that can lead to dramatic climate changes.
temperate zone
The area between the topical and polar zones from about 23.5 degrees to 66.5 degrees north and 23.5 to 66.5 degrees south latitudes
Storm surge
A dome of water that sweeps across the coast where a hurricane lands.
Flash Flood
A sudden violent flood that occurs within a few hours, and even minutes,after a heavy rainstorm.
lines on a map joining places that have the same temperature.
ice age
cold time periods in earth's history during which glaciers covered large parts of the surface.
Global warming
a gradual increase in the temperature of earth's atmosphere.
Polar zone
the areas near both poles, from about 66.5 degrees to 90.0 degrees north and 66.5 degrees to 90.0 degrees south latitudes.
Marine climate
the climate of some coastal regions with relatively warm winters and cool summers.
the side of the mountain that faces the oncoming wind.
the downwind side of the mountains.
the climate characteristic of a small specific area;it may be different from the climate of the surrounding area.
a region that receives less than 25 centimeters of rain a year.
a prairie or grassland found in the semiarid climate region.
a polar climate region, found across northern Alaska,and Russia, with short, cool summers and bitter cold winters.
kDark,cooler regions on the surface of the sun.
chlorine compounds formerly used in air conditioners, refrigerators and spray cans, also called CFCs.

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