Climate Regions

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Trees do not grow in the tundra climate region, which has short, cool summers, bitterly cold winters, and permafrost.


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


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 tropical wet climate exists in the United States only in


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

semiarid climate.

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.


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

IT IS NOT temperate climate. OR ice cap climate. IT MAY BE tundra climate

Temperate continental climates have cold winters.


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


The three kinds of temperate marine climates all have

mild winters

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


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


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

tundra climate.

Climates are classified according to which two major factors:

precipitation and temperature.

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