• "Five Factors that Affect Climate" takes a very thorough look at what creates the climate zones.
  • The amount of solar radiation an area receives depends on its latitude.
  • The winds move air masses, which causes weather.
  • The climate of a region allows certain plants to grow, creating an ecological biome.
  • How they affect it varies with latitude (Figure below).
  • Where air rises, it cools and there is precipitation.
  • Where air sinks, it warms and causes evaporation.
  • These patterns are part of the global wind belts.
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