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In general, wind in the Northern Hemisphere, deflects to its _______ and in the Southern Hemisphere deflects to its _________.

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right, right
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left, left
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right, left
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left, right
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Solution

The correct option is C right, left
If the Earth did not rotate and remained stationary, the atmospheric winds would circulate between the poles (high pressure areas) and the equator (a low pressure area) in a simple back-and-forth pattern. But because the Earth rotates, circulating air is deflected. Instead of circulating in a straight pattern, the air deflects toward the right in the Northern Hemisphere and toward the left in the Southern Hemisphere, resulting in curved paths. This deflection is a result of the Coriolis effect.

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