How does heating and cooling affect the landscape around us? As the seasons change, what changes do you see outside? If you live in a temperate zone, the cooler weather probably brings changing leaf colors and hibernating animals. Later as the warm weather once again returns, so does life. New leaves, flowers, and baby animals welcome spring.
Other areas experience dry and wet seasons. The wet seasons bring life to the vast grasslands. Pools fill with water, frogs and fish come to life. Animals from hundreds of miles around migrate following the rain. Later as the rain slows down and the pools dry up, animals and plant life disappear.
Temperature has a dramatic and complex affect on the environments around us. In this chapter we will explore how these interactions take place.