Science for Kids – Summer Sun and Other Seasons…

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Earth experiences four seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall. These seasons result in changes in temperature, plant life, and animal activity. The seasons also influence what you wear and the activities you participate in. Seasons have a huge impact on daily life and it all comes about because of the tilt of the Earth’s axis.

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Tilted Earth
The Earth’s axis is an imaginary pole that runs through the Earth from the North Pole to the South Pole. Now you’re probably wondering why this poll matters. The axis is significant because, instead of standing completely upright, Earth’s axis is tilted at an angle of 23.5 degrees. This results in parts of the Earth being tilted toward or away from the sun at different times of the year as the Earth revolves around the sun.

The Earth consists of two halves, also known as hemispheres. These are the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere. When the Northern Hemisphere is pointed toward the sun, it receives more direct sunlight, resulting in warmer temperatures and causing the summer season. At the same time the Northern Hemisphere experiences summer, the Southern Hemisphere is pointed away from the sun. This causes the Southern Hemisphere to receive less direct sunlight, which lowers the temperature and results in the winter season. As the Earth travels around the sun, the part of the Earth pointed toward the sun changes, which causes the seasons to change as the amount of sunlight increases or decreases.

The one place on Earth where the seasons don’t change very much is the equator. The equator is an invisible line that divides the Earth in half between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The equator receives direct sunlight all year, resulting in warm, consistent temperatures that don’t change very much throughout the year.
Growing Seasons
Knowing what causes seasons and when seasons change is important because it influences when and where plants can grow. Plants need sunlight to produce food, but in the winter an area experiences less sunlight, which is why most plants don’t grow during the winter. In the spring, the amount of sunlight in an area begins to increase, which allows seeds to start sprouting and growing into adult plants as the season changes to summer.

As the seasons continue to progress and change, plants grow and develop based on the amount of light available. As summer changes into fall, plants can sense the change in light and begin preparing for winter. This is why leaves change color in the fall. The trees are preparing to sleep through the winter, as they won’t receive enough sunlight to continue growing.

Knowing how the seasons influence a plant’s growth plays an important role in farming because it helps farmers know when to harvest their crops. The impact of seasons also plays a significant role in essential oil harvest because essential oils must be distilled when a plant is ripe, a condition that is influenced by the season. Different plants ripen during different seasons and knowing when a plant is at its best allows scientists to distil the best essential oil possible.

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