Biology (11th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 1-25918-813-2
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Chapter 58 - The Biosphere - Review Questions - Synthesize: 1

Answer

The variation in intercepted solar radiation (Fig. 58.1) causes differential heating according to latitude, and, thus, differential temperatures (Fig. 58.2).

Work Step by Step

Solar radiation is what heats the air and determines temperature. As an example, most people have heard of the 6 months of night at the poles, which, of course, would be related to the bitter cold there.
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