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Southern California has cooler temperatures than Arizona, which is at the same latitude, but farther inland. What causes this temperature difference?
a) winds formed high in California's mountains b) the shade provided by the large number of trees in California c) a cold-water surface current off California's coast d) a warm-water surface current off California's coast
The California current flows _____________ along the coast of Calfornia carrying water towards the equator.
a) north b) south c) east d) west
The Gulf Stream carries warm water to the North Atlantic Ocean, which contributes to
a) a harsh winter in the British Isles. b) a cold-water surface current that flows to the British Isles. c) a mild climate for the British Isles. d) a warm-water surface current that flows along the coast of California.
Which currents carry warm water away from the equator?
a) deep currents b) surface currents c) evaporation d) freezing
As water gets denser, how does it move?
a) expands toward warm water b) sinks toward the ocean floor c) gets pushed toward the poles d) gets pulled up by evaporation
Surface currents are caused by
a) floods. b) warm water. c) the wind. d) the equator.
On a global level, ___________ water flows from the equator toward the poles on the surface and ____________ water flows back toward the equator on the bottom of the ocean.
a) cold, cold b) cold, warm c) warm, warm d) warm, cold
Cold water currents
a) move water from south of the equator back toward the equator b) only rotate counter clockwise c) flow along the equator d) only flow west to east
Where does the Gulf Stream begin?
a) poles b) equator c) floods d) deep water
What is the main cause of deep-ocean currents?
a) seafloor spreading b) magnetic fields of Earth c) volcanic island eruptions d) water temperature differences
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