Mountain climate - key characteristics

1 - Altitudinal zonation

We will explore

  • what is typical for mountain climates everywhere, globally.
  • what varies from region to region.

Click on one of the symbols to proceed. Before you do so, guess whether the climate element you choose varies with altitude globally in a similar way or reflects regional peculiarities.

Altitude for latitude

A most characteristic element of life in mountains is the compression of climatic life zones over short distances otherwise separated by thousands of kilometres of latitude.

altitude for latitude
2 - Compression of life zones