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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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FIGURE 8.17 Natural vegetation, vertical climate zones, and agricultural products in tropical mountains. This example extends from tropical life zones to the zone of permanent snow and ice. There is little seasonal temperature change in tropical mountains, which allows lifeforms sensitive to low temperatures to survive at relatively high elevations.

When Europeans first settled in the highlands of tropical south America, in which vertical climate zone did they prefer to live?

To determine

The vertical climate zone in which Europeans prefer to live when they first settled in the highlands of tropical South America.

Explanation

Vertical climate can be defined as the weather pattern in a region whose growth patterns are mainly affected by elevation. In vertical climate zones, the climate becomes colder with respect to the increase in elevation. The different types of vertical climate zones are tierra caliente, tierra templada, tierra fria and tierra helada.

The vertical zone with an elevation up to 2000 feet above sea level is termed as tierra caliente. It is known as hot lands and are characterized by bananas, cacao, sugarcane, rubber and rice. The vertical zone with an elevation from 2000 feet to 6000 feet above sea level is termed as, tierra templada. It is known as temperate lands and are characterized by coffee, manioc, maize, coffee, rice, and sugarcane...

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