Which Way Does the Wind Blow?
ES1806  Mountains and Wind (2)

  !   Click the image to see what happens to moist air as it blows into a mountain and is lifted up to cooler altitudes.

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  !   Click the Shuttle Image button to compare the vegetation patterns observed on Oahu with the concept demonstrated in the animation.

4. Describe what happens to moist air as it moves up the slope of a mountain, crosses the summit, and moves back down the leeward slope.

5. How would vegetation patterns reflect the rainfall amounts on each side of a mountain where wind usually blows in one direction?

6. What does the vegetation pattern on Oahu suggest about the wind direction?


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