Essay on Large Bodies Of Water And Climate Change

755 Words Nov 10th, 2016 4 Pages
Large Bodies of Water and Climate Change Climate is the weather conditions prevailing in an area over a period of time. Large bodies of water affect climate in many ways such as increasing humidity in surrounding areas. Water from that body of water evaporates and turns into moisture in the air; the water vapor then spreads through diffusion and wind. The most significant impact that large bodies of water have on climate is that they tend to store heat during warm periods such as the summer and release that heat in cold periods such as winter. This happens because the thermal capacity of water is high. As a result, it takes a lot of energy to change the temperature of water. Large bodies of water also affect the amount of precipitation that a given location receives. Precipitation is the action or process of precipitating a substance from a solution. It is formed by condensation of water vapor in the atmosphere. Examples of precipitation includes snow, sleet, rain, and hail that falls to the ground. As a result of precipitation occurring more in places near large bodies of water than those farther inland, places like New Haven CT will have more chances of snow in the winter, and more chance of rain throughout the year. Moreover, precipitation leads to humidity which leads to fog (a collection of liquid water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the air at or near the Earth 's surface). Fog usually happens most during spring, and summer times. This is because the sun’s…

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