Tropical Climate

Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904) Title: Passion Flowers and Hummingbirds Date c. 1870-83
Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904) Title: Passion Flowers and Hummingbirds Date c. 1870-83

The tropics are the hottest part of a planet; lying along the equator, they come directly under the sun’s glare for the entirety of the year. Rather than winter or summer, the tropics have a dry season and a wet season, based on the movement of the rain belt from south to north and back again. Again, however, terrain makes a difference: lush, verdant jungles enjoy frequent rainfall, enormous mountains can sport snow at high altitudes, and the sands of massive deserts shift back and forth on the winds.

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