SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS
Temperature and precipitation are the two most important variables controlling the distribution of plants worldwide. Why, then, is there a relationship between the distribution of the world’s major biomes and seasonal and annual insolation regimes?
Identify three variations in the earth’s orbit associated with Milankovitch Cycling. Briefly describe how each of the variations would contribute to planetary-scale glaciation.
Describe the rock cycle, including the processed of transformation and the various energy sources that power the cycle.
Coastal temperature rainforests occur along the west coast of North America from southern Alaska to northern California. Use your knowledge of the variables that influence globe scale climate and regional weather patterns, your knowledge of physiography of western North America, as well as your knowledge of the variables which influence the distribution of species, to explain the existence of this biome subtype.
In four sentences or less, describe why maps of the Earth’s major biomes closely resemble maps of the Earth’s major climate regions?
Describe the two main factors that control the morphology of stream channel
Describe the difference between soil porosity and permeability. How does soil texture influence both of these properties?
Define a biome and a biogeographically realm. How are these two concepts different from each other?
Describe why there are similarities in the distribution of global-scale climate regions and biomes.
Describe how the concept of continental drift and the theory of plate tectonics have aided in the growth of historical biogeography