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Q: Tailwinds ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Tailwinds
Category: Science > Earth Sciences
Asked by: lgr1-ga
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Posted: 27 Jun 2005 15:15 PDT
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Question ID: 537575
Does the earth's rotation cause tailwinds, and how?
Subject: Re: Tailwinds
Answered By: aditya2k-ga on 27 Jun 2005 16:00 PDT
Hi lgr1-ga,

Good day and thanks for your question.

The Earth's rotation does play a role, but an indirect one. 

"The primary factor that affects the formation of winds is differences
in atmospheric pressure. As is true throughout nature, any fluid will
try to move from a region of high pressure to a region of low
pressure. The principal causes of these differences in pressure are
related to the absorption of heat due to solar radiation."

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