Climatologist's Toolbox
 
Glossary
Anthropogenic
A reference to environmental alterations resulting from the presence or activities of humans.
Atmosphere
The gaseous envelope surrounding a planet or celestial body.
Core Sample
A sample of rock, ice, snow, soil or sediment obtained by driving a hollow tube into the undisturbed medium and withdrawing it with its contained sample or core.
Dendrochronology
The science that uses tree rings dated to their exact year of formation to answer questions pertaining to various fields in the Earth sciences.
Diatom
Common name for a common class of algae, noted for the symetry and sculpturing of their siliceous walls.
General Circulation Model
Extremely complicated, computer-simulation of climate and its various components. Run on supercomputers, these models can approximate climate and give some clues to how climate has changed or might change over time.
Monsoon
A large-scale wind system which predominates or strongly influences the climate of large regions, and in which the direction of the wind flow reverses from winter to summer.
Perihelion
The point where the Earth is nearest the sun in the course of our planet's eliptical orbit.
Physiology
The collective functions and vital processes of an organism.
Pre-Columbian
Before Columbus.
Scholarly Disputation
Debate.
Stratosphere
A part of the atmosphere extending variously from six to fifteen miles above the Earth's surface.
Sulfuric Acid
A toxic, corrosive, strongly acid, colorless compound.
Variable
Anything changeable.
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