Overall: The interdisciplinary nature of this course is great. I coordinate a nature/environment book group and we often read single-topic books about, say, beavers (Eager by Ben Goldfarb), that actually cover a lot of ground like history, evolution, and psychology, all through the lens of that organism. The mountain lens is even way broader and I love seeing so much through my new “mountain glasses”!
- A lot of the climate stuff was familiar, but this section helped me get a more concrete sense of pressure gradients. The Hadley cell animation was very helpful.
- Westerlies, easterlies, and trade winds - I can visualize how they interact now!
- I’d heard of the chinook but never knew what it was beyond “a kind of wind” - and now I can add “foehn” as well (love new cool words)
- Similarly: krummholz! I know what it is by sight, great to have a term for it.
- Other interesting phenomena: the mountain mass effect, onographic precipitation, and that what most restricts tree growth at high elevation is low temps during the growing season.