Group F The Seasons

We all know the four seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn. But why do we get these seasons and the changes to the earth that come with them?

First off, the earth spins on an axis. It is an imaginary line that runs through the middle of the Earth from the North Pole to the South. This axis is tilted though, so the Earth is not straight up.
Through the seasons we will follow Britains path throughout a year. In summer, the hottest month of the year, the Earth is tilted towards the Sun. This is why summer is so warm, because we are tilted towards the sun, so getting the most heat and light. In autumn, Britain gets cooler, because slowly, we are getting less and less sun. In the winter Britain is cold because we are now tilted away from the Sun, therefore getting the least heat and light in the year. At this same time in the year, the other side of the planet - Australia - will be having summer. This is because they are more exposed to the Sun during the day. As winter passes, Britain gets warmer in spring, leading on to summer where we are once more exposed to the Sun for longer.
Here is a diagram to show what I mean:
seasons_sm.gif Have you ever wondered why British summers are so much wetter and colder than they should
be? Or why winters are so bitter? It is all because of where Britain is on the globe. Because
England is near the north pole at the top of the world, we dont get quite as much sun as
countries on and around the equator. Now you know![[image

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