Table of Contents
- 1 Why is water warmest at the equator?
- 2 What causes water to be warmer at the equator than farther north?
- 3 Which type of energy causes the equator to be hotter than the North Pole apex?
- 4 Is it warmer closer to the equator?
- 5 Which type of energy causes the equator?
- 6 How does ocean current or bodies of water affect the climate?
Why is water warmest at the equator?
This means that at the equator, one beam of sunlight is concentrated on a small area, whereas at the north pole, one beam covers a much larger area. The equator therefore receives much more intense sunlight than the north/south poles, making the water at the equator warmer.
What causes water to be warmer at the equator than farther north?
Earth is roughly spherical so sunlight hits the surface at a more perpendicular angle near the equator than farther north or south. This causes more warming near the equator. Cooler air and water is denser and moves toward and underneath warmer air and water which is less dense.
Why are latitudes closer to the equator warmer than latitudes near the north pole?
Due to the tilt of the Earth, the Equator is closer to the sun so receives more of its energy. The Equator has a smaller surface area so heats up quickly compared to the poles. There is less atmosphere to pass through at the Equator compared to the poles.
Why is the climate colder the further you get from the equator?
Latitude or distance from the equator – Temperatures drop the further an area is from the equator due to the curvature of the earth. In areas closer to the poles, sunlight has a larger area of atmosphere to pass through and the sun is at a lower angle in the sky.
Which type of energy causes the equator to be hotter than the North Pole apex?
The strong sunlight at the equator (and weak sunlight at the poles) makes the tropics warmer than the Arctic.
Is it warmer closer to the equator?
Due to the differential heating of the Earth’s surface (unequal heating of all regions), it is always warmer at the equator than at the poles. Temperatures at the equator are, on average, the hottest on the planet.
How does the equator affect climate?
Latitude or distance from the equator – Temperatures drop the further an area is from the equator due to the curvature of the earth. This means that coastal locations tend to be cooler in summer and warmer in winter than places inland at the same latitude and altitude.
Why do you think climate change from the equator to the North or South?
Since the equator receives more sunlight than the poles, climate varies depending on its distance from the equator. However, we can also think about the climate of an entire planet. Today, climates are changing. Our Earth is warming more quickly than it has in the past according to the research of scientists.
Which type of energy causes the equator?
A lot of the solar energy that reaches Earth hits the equator. Much less solar energy gets to the poles. The difference in the amount of solar energy drives atmospheric circulation.
How does ocean current or bodies of water affect the climate?
Large bodies of water, such as oceans, seas and large lakes, can affect the climate of an area. Water heats and cools more slowly than landmasses. Therefore, the coastal regions will stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter, thus creating a more moderate climate with a narrower temperature range.
Where do you think will it be warmer at the equator or at a higher place?
A beam of sunlight falling on the equator has a much more intense effect than the glancing rays spread over a much larger area of the curving surface near the poles. Therefore, it is hotter at the equator than at the North Pole because the sun’s heat is concentrated directly overhead at the equator.
Which factors explain why it is so wet near the equator?
Near the Earth’s equator, solar heating is intense year round. The Sun heats the ocean, evaporating tremendous amounts of water. This daily cycle of heating, evaporation, and convection creates a persistent band of showers and storms around Earth’s middle.