[2014] Riley Fields: Life's a Beach

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[2014] Riley Fields: Life's a Beach

Life's a Beach

The weather at the beach has less of a temperature range from summer to winter than inland cities.

When water is warmer it heats up the lower atmosphere, which becomes less dense. This is because the molecules in the air become farther apart due to the heat.

by Riley Fields and Sunny Hernandez

All of the oceans and other bodies of water help regulate the temperature ranges of beaches, towns, and even inland cities.

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Soil absorbs more heat than water because it is a darker color. The darkest color, black, absorbs all wavelengths of light that hits it and coverts it into energy. Since soil ranges from different shades of brown and is a close color to black, it absorbs most light and reflects little.

The specific heat capacity of water is 4.179 Joules to heat up 1 gram of water by 1 degree celcius. Water has a much higher heat capacity than soil.

Soil heats up faster than water because it has a lower specific heat capacity. It takes .8 Joules to heat up by 1 degree celcius.


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