People and Climate
Global Climate Map
There are three major climate zones on the planet, by distance from the equator.
- The zone nearest the equator—the tropical zone—is warmest because it receives the most direct radiation from the sun.
- The zones closest to each pole—the polar zones—are the coldest, because they receive the least direct radiation.
- The broad areas between the tropical and polar zones—known as the temperate zones—generally have snow or rain during cool or very cold winters. The temperate zones lie between 30° and 60° latitude in both hemispheres.
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- Illustration by M.S. Young © Baylor College of Medicine.
- Moreno N., and B. Tharp. (2011). The Science of Global Atmospheric Change Teacher’s Guide. Third edition. Baylor College of Medicine. ISBN: 978-1-888997-76-7.
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