Section 7: Water and Atmospheric Moisture

SLOs: water bodies, water phases, clouds and fog.


Lesson 1:

Instruction

Water, as the most common compound on Earth's surface, covers the majority of our planet.  Ocean, surface water, and subsurface water can all be found within Ventura County.  Using Google Earth or any map showing H2O resources, search for the location of water bodies in Ventura County.   

Photos and Images
 (Pacific Ocean at Mugu Rock)     (Lower Lake in Rose Valley)

Quiz

From the water body locations search, name three bodies of water you found in Ventura County.

 


Lesson 2:

Instruction

Water exists naturally on Earth in thee stages or phases: solid, liquid, and gas.  Phase changes include melting (solid to liquid stage), freezing (liquid to solid stage), evaporation or vaporization (liquid to gas stage), condensation (gas to liquid stage), and sublimation (solid to gas stage).

Photos and Images

 
 (Pine Mountain, Los Padres National Forest) (Santa Clara River mouth, Ventura) (atmospheric moisture above Oxnard)

Quiz

Name three places in Ventura County where 1) solid snow, 2) liquid water, and 3) gaseous clouds can be found.

 


Lesson 3:

Instruction

Clouds are visible water droplets and ice crystals, which are aggregated and suspended in the atmosphere.  Cloud types are classified by form (cirroform, stratiform, and cumuliform) and altitude (low, middle, high, and vertically developed).  Another type of cloud is fog, a layer of clouds located on or very near the surface of the Earth.  In Ventura County, evaporation fog (located over the ocean and near the coastline) is especially noticeable because of Pacific Ocean vaporization.     

Photos and Images
    (clouds above Ventura and Ojai)          (clouds above Thousand Oaks)  (clouds at Hueneme Beach)    

Quiz

Using the Christopherson text introduced in the index pages or another cloud identification source, name the three types of clouds from the Ventura County photographs above.   


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