Nate Bunnyfield (natebunnyfield) wrote,
Nate Bunnyfield
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geography lab homework. it was private. but i thought i'd share. cause whyever.

Antarctica is a 5.5 million square mile continent covered in freshwater ice and snow surrounded by ocean. It is roughly a circle around the South Pole, rimmed with mountain ranges. The edges of the ice shelves constantly break off and send icebergs north to melt. (Halle. The Sea and The Ice. Boston: National Audubon Society, 1973)

The Oyashio/Kurile/Kamchatka Current originates in the Sea of Okhotsk and diverges south of the southern Kurile Islands. A coastal branch of this cold current flows southward along Northern Japan, meets the warmer Kuroshio Current, and intrudes into Volcano Bay off Sanriku. The Oyashio Current is strongest in spring and the presence of cold current water in Volcano Bay continues till June. (http://www.na.nmfs.gov/lme/text/lme51.htm)

The Southern Alps in New Zealand are high snow covered mountain peaks and glaciers. The range runs almost 300 miles along the entire length of South Island, culminating in Mount Cook, the country's highest peak. The Southern Alps are uplifted about 10mm/year, but this is balanced by erosion of the mountains by water and ice. There appears to be a cycle now where uplift balances erosion. (http://www.learnz.org.nz/2002/aoraki/southern_alps_formation.htm)

The Patagonian Desert is 19,300 square miles in Argentina. It stretches from the Andes Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. It rains about 10"/year and has many archeological and paleontological sites. (McEwan, Borrero and Prieto, ed. Patagonia. Princeton NJ: Princeton UP, 1997)

New Guinea is the second largest island in the world. It reaches from the top of Australia to just south of the Equator. The mainland is dominated by mountains, some very volcanic and many classifications of forests. (Mackay. New Guinea. Amsterdam: Time-Life International, 1976)

The Gulf of California, or Sea of Cortez, begins about 50 miles south of where the Colorado River leaves Arizona and dies in the sands near Riito, Mexico. Before American dam constructions, the Colorado River actually emptied into the Gulf of California. It is also one of the most bio-diverse seas in the world. (Cannon. The Sea of Cortez. Menlo Park, CA: Lane Magazine & Book Co., 1996)

The Mackenzie River is a giant river flowing north from the Great Slave Lake. It drains over a million square miles of Canada's Northwest Territories. Its navigable water stretches more 1200 miles to the Beaufort Sea. Pitchblende, the source of U-235 for the atomic bomb, was discovered there in 1939. (Roberts. The Mackenzie. New York, Toronto: Rinehart & Co., 1949)
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