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This region is also referred to as the tropical zone and the torrid zone. This area includes all the areas of the Earth where the sun reaches a point directly overhead at least once during the solar year.
The word "tropics" comes from Greek tropos meaning "turn", because the apparent position of the Sun oscillates between the two tropics with a period that defines the average length of a year.
Tropical plants and animals are those species native to the tropics. Tropical is also sometimes used in a general sense for a tropical climate, a climate that is warm to hot and moist year-round, often with the sense of lush vegetation.
However, there are places in the tropics that are anything but "tropical" in this sense, with even alpine tundra and snow-capped peaks, including Mauna Kea, Mt.
Kilimanjaro, and the Andes as far south as the northernmost parts of Chile and Argentina. Places in the tropics which are drier with low humidity are such as the Sahara Desert and Central Africa and Northern Australian Outback.
Tropical ecosystems may consist of rainforests, dry deciduous forests, spiny forests, desert and other habitat types. There are often significant areas of biodiversity and species endemism present particularly in rainforests and dry deciduous forests.
Often the soils of tropical forests are low in nutrient content making them quite vulnerable to slash-and-burn techniques, which are sometimes an element of shifting cultivation agricultural systems.VDOT offers a variety of maps, some free and some for a nominal charge.
To order free maps, check the appropriate box or boxes and fill in the address fields below. A tropical rainforest climate, also known as an equatorial climate, is a tropical climate usually (but not always) found along the equator.
Regions with this climate typically feature tropical rainforests, and it is designated Af by the Köppen climate classification.
Natural Environment and Human Response of the Equatorial Region. (a) Location: it is located between 0° to 10° north and south of the equator. tropics, also called tropical zone or torrid zone, all the land and water of the earth situated between the Tropic of Cancer Tropic of Cancer, parallel of latitude at 23°30' north of the equator; it is the northern boundary of the tropics.
Equatorial regions of the potentially life-supporting Europa, which harbors a huge ocean of salty liquid water beneath its icy shell, are probably studded with blades of ice up to 50 feet ( a.
there is a high pressure region over the north pole b.
surface pressures are higher to the north than to the south c. colder air lies to the north than to the south d. the lapse rate is steeper over the polar regions than over the equatorial regions.