The Earth’s global circulation pattern, Hadley Cell circulation, is governed by its rotation and thermal convection. Other planets in our Solar System also have atmospheres, so what are their circulation patterns and climates like? Read about Venus, Mars, and Jupiter at NASA’s Solar System Exploration site. More information can be found at The Nine Planets site.

After reading these, pick ONE OF THE PLANETS LISTED ABOVE and post responses to ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS:

  • What is your planet’s Coriolis forces like, in terms of strength and direction?
  • How would you expect your planet’s global circulation patterns to compare with the Earth’s? Would there be the same number of cells? How would their surfaces affect global winds?
  • What are seasons like on your planet?

Your assignment should be about 1-2 pages in length, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins and typed in 12-point Times New Roman. All assignments are to be submitted electronically through this course module. No printed or emailed essays will be accepted.  Each essay will be checked by Turnitin, generating an originality report, which will be available for you to see.  Any sources used in the assignment must be cited and attributed correctly. Note that failure to do so constitutes plagiarism. All instances of plagiarism will result in a grade of zero for the assignment. If you use sources for your essays, online sources are permitted, but encyclopedias, online, such as Wikipedia or Britannica Online and print, are not permitted.  Please use APA style for your citations and include valid URLs for any online sources. 

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