Climate Regions Quiz

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Permafrost and mosses, lichens, and wildflowers are common in the

a. tundra climate.
b. subtropical climate.
c. temperate climate.
d. ice cap climate.


An arid or semiarid climate occurs where precipitation is greater than potential evaporation.


Low soil temperatures and little rain cause soil formation to occur slowly. Because of the temperature, decomposition of plants and animals occurs slowly or stops, limiting the amount of humus in the soil.


A climate with short cool summers and long, bitterly cold winters is the

a. mediterranean climate.
b. tropical climate.
c. continental climate.
d. tundra climate.


A tropical wet climate exists in the United States only in
a. Oregon and Washington.
b. Florida.
c. Hawaii.
d. California.


Temperate continental climates have cold winters.


In addition to temperature and precipitation, Köppen’s climate system classified climates by a region’s

a. microclimates.
b. vegetation.
c. seasonal winds.
d. air masses.


The three kinds of temperate marine climates all have

a. severe winters.
b. mild winters.
c. rainy summers.
d. little rainfall and high temperatures.


The heavy rain leaches nutrients from the topsoil. Crops can be grown year round because of the warm soil temperature, so plants are using nutrients from the soil year-round.

Tropical Rain Forest

Regions that receive less than 25 centimeters of rain annually are called

a. tundras.
b. savannas.
c. deserts.
d. steppes.


Climates are classified according to which two major factors:

a. elevation and precipitation.
b. latitude and temperature.
c. elevation and latitude.
d. precipitation and temperature.


Tropical grasslands called steppes are found in the tropical wet-and-dry climate region.


The Great Plains east of the Rocky Mountains have a(n)

a. temperate marine climate.
b. arid climate.
c. semiarid climate.
d. humid continental climate.


This semiarid region has enough rainfall to allow short grasses and low bushes to grow.


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