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Land and Sea Breezes

Figure from experiment 25 from Earth Science with Vernier

Introduction

Land breezes and sea breezes refer to winds that often occur near an ocean or lake. Land breezes blow from the land to the water while sea breezes blow from the water to the land. Both of these breezes are caused by uneven heating of the Earth’s surface. In this experiment, you will recreate the conditions under which these breezes form and study their causes.

In Part I of this experiment, you will expose sand and water to a light source representing the sun. You will monitor the temperature of the sand and the water and compare their warming behaviors. In Part II, you will monitor the temperatures as warm sand and water cool. This simulates the situation when the sun goes down in the evening. You will then apply your results to local weather patterns.

Objectives

In this experiment, you will

  • Use Temperature Probes to measure the temperature of land and water.
  • Calculate temperature changes.
  • Apply your results to local weather patterns.
  • Predict the occurrence of land and sea breezes.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Standards Correlations

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Earth Science with Vernier

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Introduction to Data Collection
2Exploring Magnetism
3Where IS North?
4Searching for Iron Ore
5Sea Floor Spreading
6Soil pH
7Soil Salinity
8Soil and Acid Rain
9Soil Temperature
10Temperature
11pH
12Turbidity
13Total Dissolved Solids
14Water Treatment
15Salinity of Ocean Water
16Acid Rain and Its Effect on Surface Water
17Freezing of Ocean Water
18Desalination
19Mapping the Ocean Floor
20Are All Sunglasses Created Equal?
21Comparing Sunscreens
22UV Light and Clothing
23Reflection and Absorption of Light
24The Greenhouse Effect
25Land and Sea Breezes
26Relative Humidity
27Dew Point
28Wind Chill
29Seasons and Angle of Insolation
30Fossil Fuels
31Solar Homes
32Photovoltaic Cells
33Wind Power
P1Air Temperature
P2Air Temperature and Relative Humidity
P3Ground Temperature
P4Barometric Pressure
P5Measuring Particulates
P6Weather Stations

Experiment 25 from Earth Science with Vernier Lab Book

<em>Earth Science with Vernier</em> book cover

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