10 Facts About Wind


Wind is the natural movement of air or other gases relative to a planet's surface.

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Wind affects animals' food stores, as well as their hunting and defensive strategies.

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Wind is caused by differences in atmospheric pressure, which are mainly due to temperature difference.

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Wind direction is usually expressed in terms of the direction from which it originates.

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Wind speed is measured by anemometers, most commonly using rotating cups or propellers.

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Wind engineering describes the study of the effects of the wind on the built environment, including buildings, bridges and other artificial objects.

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Wind shear itself is a microscale meteorological phenomenon occurring over a very small distance, but it can be associated with mesoscale or synoptic scale weather features such as squall lines and cold fronts.

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Wind shear has a significant effect on the control of aircraft during take-off and landing, and was a significant cause of aircraft accidents involving large loss of life within the United States.

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Wind power is one of the main sources of renewable energy, and its use is growing rapidly, driven by innovation and falling prices.

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Wind has a very important role in aiding plants and other immobile organisms in dispersal of seeds, spores, pollen, etc.

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