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ConcepTest: Eccentricity and Temperature Distribution

ConcepTest questions by David McConnell , David Steer , Walter Borowski, Jeffrey Dick, Annabelle Foos, Jeffrey Knott, Alvin Konigsberg, Michelle Malone, Heidi McGrew, Kathie Owens, and Stephen Van Horn

Question:

Mars has a more eccentric orbit of the Sun than Earth. Mars is 20% closer to the Sun during its winter than it is during its summer. How would temperature distributions on Earth be affected if we had a similarly eccentric orbit that brought us much closer to the Sun during winter in the Northern Hemisphere?

a. Maximum temperatures would be higher during the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere.
b. Maximum temperatures would be higher during the winter season in the Southern Hemisphere.
c. Maximum temperatures would be higher during the winter seasons in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

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Subject

Physics:Astronomy:Solar System, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science

Resource Type

Activities:Classroom Activity:Short Activity:ConcepTests

Grade Level

College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

Ready for Use

Ready to Use

Theme

Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Planetary Science, Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:Intro Geoscience, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science

Earth System Topics

Solar System and Astronomy, Atmosphere, Climate

Topics

Climate, Solar system