Climate Change in Context by Brenda Wilmoth Lerner and K. Lee Lerner

By Brenda Wilmoth Lerner and K. Lee Lerner

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Some scientists have hypothesized that younger bandediron formations may have formed during a snowball Earth period or periods about 600 million years ago. BASE: One of the four chemicals (nitrogenous bases) that are a part of the deoxyribonucleic (DNA) molcule. The sequence of the bases determines the genetic code (the information contained within DNA). The first letters of each base provide the alphabet for the DNA code (A, C, G, and T [short for adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thymine]). BASELINE GENERATION: Generation of electricity for baseline demand, that is, demand that is steady around the clock.

Most contrails are formed by the condensation of water vapor in jet exhaust around small particles in the ambient air, the exhaust, or both. Contrails alter the cloud content of the atmosphere, but their contribution to global climate change is uncertain. CONVECTION: The rising of warm air from an object, such as the surface of Earth. CONVECTION CURRENT: Circular movement of a fluid in response to alternating heating and cooling. CORAL ATOLL: Low tropical island, often roughly ring-shaped, formed by coral reefs growing on top of a subsiding island.

CARBON CYCLE: All parts (reservoirs) and fluxes of carbon. The cycle is usually thought of as four main reservoirs of carbon interconnected by pathways of exchange. The reservoirs are the atmosphere, terrestrial biosphere (usually includes freshwater systems), oceans, and sediments (includes fossil fuels). The annual movements of carbon, the carbon exchanges between reservoirs, occur because of various chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes. CARBON DIOXIDE: Odorless, colorless, non-poisonous gas, chemical formula CO2.

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