The temperate climate zone is located between the Tropic of Cancer and the Arctic Circle in the Northern Hemisphere and between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Antarctic Circle in the Southern Hemisphere. Areas with a temperate climate generally have warm summers, cold winters and moderate springs and summers. They do not have extremes in temperature or precipitation.Continue Reading
The two types of temperate climates are maritime and continental. The maritime climate is influenced by the oceans, causing these areas to have steady temperatures across the seasons. Maritime climates are most often found on the western edge of continents in the temperate zone because of prominent westerly winds. Areas with a maritime climate include western Europe and western North America at latitudes between 40 to 60 degrees north. The maritime climate prevails farther west in Europe than it does in North America, because Europe lacks a north-south mountain range to block the maritime air coming from the west.
The continental climate is found inland and is characterized by warmer summers and colder winters. Generally, areas in North America that are west of the Rocky Mountains are classified as having a continental climate. This is because the Rocky Mountains act as a climate barrier to the maritime air.Learn more about Weather Forecasts
According to About.com, the Tropic of Cancer is a line of latitude that runs through the Northern Hemisphere, 23.5 degrees north of the equator. Because it encircles the earth, the line also is found in the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.Full Answer >
Tropical rainforest landforms are areas that lie between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer, are covered in forest and experience a high level of rain. While many small tropical rainforests persist on Earth, the three primary tropical rainforest landforms occur in the Amazon basin of South America, equatorial Africa and the Southeast Asian peninsula and archipelago.Full Answer >
Africa is the only continent through which the equator, the Prime Meridian, the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn pass. The Prime Meridian passes through West Africa. The equator runs through Sub-Saharan Africa, while the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn run through north and south Africa, respectively.Full Answer >
Coffee beans grow between 30 degrees south of the Equator and 28 degrees north of the Equator, essentially between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. Coffee is grown in significant quantities in Central America, Brazil, the Caribbean, West Africa, East Africa, Yemen, Madagascar, Indonesia, Vietnam and India. The coffee plant thrives in a variety of soils, from alluvial to volcanic.Full Answer >