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Landscapes and climates HTML5

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Summary

This animation enables us to simulate the evolution of a type of landscape over the course of the seasons for different climates.

The climatic parameters are simplified and only temperature and precipitation profiles can be modified.  Other criteria intervene in defining a climatic zone, like proximity of a sea, altitude, winds.

These different factors shape the landscapes , particularly in terms of vegetation.

Click on the world map to locate regions where the climate in question applies.

Learning goals

  • To identify the major types of climates on Earth and to know how to locate them on a map.
  • To list the factors that  determine a climate.
  • To explain seasonal variations for the same region. One could use annual temperature and precipitation curves taken from specific locations.
  • To make the distinction between Climate (a study of averages,  on a global scale) and weather (values that are nearly instantaneous, and local).
  • To introduce the risks involved in climate changes.

 

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This animation does not by itself permit us to illustrate the great diversity of climates or the numerous factors that influence them.

Average temperature and amount of precipitation are…

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