Bodies of water heat up and cool down at a slower pace than land because they need more energy from the sun to gain a higher temperature. They are typically colder later into the season and warmer than nearby land masses... More »

Because of water's fluid molecular composition, it takes longer to heat and cool than land, which has a molecular structure that is more static and dense. Convective movements and the thermal capacities of bodies of wate... More »

The factors that affect the temperature in an area are the latitude, height above sea level, distance from the sea, ocean currents and prevailing winds. These things work together to determine the climate of a location. More »

Without the ozone layer, the sun's ultraviolet radiation would negatively affect life on land and in the water, leading to mass extinction. The ozone layer is a protective area of the Earth's stratosphere that absorbs be... More »

Solar radiation heats land faster than water for multiple reasons, including the higher heat capacity of water, water's reflectivity and the more absorbent, textured surface of the earth. Water reflects solar radiation, ... More »

The main parts of an ecosystem are soil, water, heat from the sun, sunlight, the atmosphere and living organisms. An ecosystem is a community of non-living and living things that work together. More » Science Environmental Science

Global winds help to distribute heat and water vapor around the Earth, which influences temperature and precipitation patterns around the entire globe. Global winds are caused by pressure differences in the atmosphere fr... More »