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climate
the average, year-after-year conditions of temperature, precipitation, winds, and clouds in an area.
leeward
the downwind side of mountains.
temperate zone
the area between the tropical and polar zones, from about 23.5 to 66.5 degrees north and south latitudes.
polar zone
the areas near both poles, from about 66.5 to 90 degrees south latitudes.
ice age
cold time periods in Earth's history, during which glaciers covered large parts of the surface.
tundra
a polar climate region, found across northern Alaska, Canada and Russia, with short, cool summers and bitterly cold winters.
steppe
a prairie or grassland found in the semiarid climate region.
humid subtropical
a wet, warm climate area on the edge of the tropics.
rain forest
a forest in the tropical wet climate zone that gets plenty of rain all year.
desert
a region that receives less than 25 centimeters of rain a year.
permafrost
permanently frozen soil found in the tundra climate region.
sunspot
dark, cooler regions on the surface of the sun.
subarctic
a climate zone that lies north of the humid continental cliamte zone, with short, cool summers and long, bitterly cold winters.
savanna
a tropical grassland with scattered clumps of trees; found in the tropical wet-and-dry climate zone close to the equator.
windward
the side of the mountain that faces the oncoming wind.