Global Climate Regions

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Global Climate Regions (24:00)
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As visually spectacular as it is informative, this program thoroughly surveys the world’s varied climate systems. Using simple color-coded maps based on the Köppen classification system, the video identifies the characteristics of the following zones: humid tropical climates, wet-dry tropics, dry climates, subtropical and mid-latitude deserts and steppes, humid mid-latitude climates, humid subtropics, summer dry subtropics, marine west coasts, humid continentals, sub-arctic climates, polar climates, tundra, and highland climates. (24 minutes)

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Segments in this Video - (6)

1. Climate (02:53)
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Scientists use data on temperature, precipitation, distribution of natural vegetation, and other variables to describe climatic variation.

2. Intertropical Convergence Zone (03:58)

Convectional showers support an evergreen rainforest area. The monsoon and wet-dry tropics are an area where drought and rain alternate often.

3. Dry Climates (03:17)

Two types of dry climates are subtropical deserts and steppes. Mid-latitude deserts and steppes are in the rain shadow of large mountains.

4. Humid Climates (04:24)

Humid subtropics are on the eastern side of land masses, north or south of the tropics. Summer dry subtropics are found on the west side of continents as well as marine west coast climates.

5. Humid Continentals and Sub-Arctics (03:28)

Maritime influences do not affect continentals. Sub-arctic lands have few hours of daylight during winter and few hours of dark in the summer.

6. Polar Climates (03:38)

Polar regions are the farthest from the equator. Climatic conditions in highland regions change dramatically within short distances.

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