List of life zones by region

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The climate and ecology of different locations on the globe naturally separate into life zones, depending on elevation, location, and latitude. The generally strong dependency on elevation is known as altitudinal zonation: the average temperature of a location decreases as the elevation increases.

The general effect of elevation depends on atmospheric physics. However, the specific climate and ecology of any particular location depends on specific features of that location. This article provides a list of life zones by region, in order to illustrate the features of life zones for regions around the globe.

Central Europe: Switzerland & Germany[edit]

Mediterranean: Corsica[edit]

Tropical Andes 10°S[edit]

Sanctuary of Qoyllur Rit'i - Mountain Tundra

Classic Version - Regions of the Amazonic Side

  • Sea level, 22 to 24 °C (72 to 75 °F), but the cold Humboldt Current generates fog.
  • Tierra caliente (Hot land) up to 750–1,000 m (2,460–3,280 ft).
  • Tierra templada (Temperate land) up to 1,850–2,000 m (6,070–6,560 ft). The warmest month has an average temperature of below 22 °C (72 °F).
  • Tierra fría (Cool land) below 3,600 m (11,800 ft). The warmest month has an average temperature of below 18 °C (64 °F).
  • Tierra helada (Cold land) above 3,600 m (11,800 ft). The tree line occurs when the warmest month has an average temperature of below 10 °C (50 °F).
  • Tierra Nevada, above the Snow line at 4,500–5,500 m (14,800–18,000 ft).


Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (3°7′0″S 37°35′0″E / 3.11667°S 37.58333°E / -3.11667; 37.58333 (Kilimanjaro)) & Mount Kenya, Kenya, (0°9′0″S 37°18′0″E / 0.15000°S 37.30000°E / -0.15000; 37.30000 (Mount Kenya))

Vulcano Kibo - Uhuru Peak, 5,895 m rock and ice. As the conifers are absent, the Tree line is lower.[12][13]

Vegetation zones[edit]

Simplified grid system. Oldest mountain on the left, Ngaliema - Mount Stanley, 3,951 m; Rwenzori Mountains or Mountains of the Moon (Africa).[14][15]

In the altitudes between 3,400 and 4,500 m (11,200 and 14,800 ft) some of the most extreme examples of adaptations can be found. At altitudes below 3,400 m (11,200 ft) the daily temperature fluctuations are less extreme, the average daily temperature steadily increases, and the growth forms and ecology of the Dendroseneico reflect the increased influence of biotic factors (such as competition for light) over abiotic factors (such as nightly frost).[15]

Jade Dragon Snow Mountains[edit]

The Jade Dragon Snow Mountains contain the glacier nearest of the Equator on the North Hemisphere. The landmarks 4,506 m and 4,680 m at the end of the glacier can be achieved through the cable car from Ganhaizi (Tibetan for dry lake, a grassland with conifers at 3,400 m). The mountain desert begins around 4,000 m. The Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan (UNESCO World Heritage Site) encompasses the watershed areas of the Yangtze (Jinsha), Mekong (Lan Cang) and Salween (Nujiang) rivers and is the joint of the Palearctic realm and the Indomalayan realm. [16]

Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacífico[edit]

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway[edit]

Other regions[edit]


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  2. ^ Mayer 1974
  3. ^ Mayer 1984
  4. ^ Wittmann 1983
  5. ^ Mayer 1988
  6. ^ Reille et al. 1997
  7. ^ Reille et al. 1999
  8. ^ Gamisans 1991
  9. ^ "The Chagga Homegardens on Kilimanjaro" (PDF).
  10. ^ Hemp 2005
  11. ^ Hemp 2006a
  12. ^ a b c d "Europa". Klimadiagramme weltweit.
  13. ^ Allan 1981
  14. ^ "Africa Ultra-Prominences: 84 Mountains with prominence of 1,500 m (4,900 ft) or greater". Peaklist. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
  15. ^ a b Knox, Eric B. (2004). "Adaptive radiation of African montane plants".
  16. ^ "Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yulong Mountain, Yunnan".
  17. ^ de:Datei:Klima hanoi.jpg
  18. ^ Geoklima, Software: Geoklima 2.1