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Name:  frank
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Date: 2000-2001


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Why are the lower places hotter than the higher ones if the sun is nearer to those higher places?


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Frank,

Air warms as it sinks and cools as it rises. So, the temperature in a valley is naturally warmer than the temperature on a ridge line above the valley. Some of the warmest locations on Earth are below sea level, for this reason (if they are inland and not near a sea like the Netherlands).

David Cook
Argonne National Laboratory





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