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subtropics n : regions adjacent to the tropics [syn: semitropics]

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  1. The region between the tropics and the temperate latitudes of the world.


the region between the tropics and the temperate latitudes of the world

Extensive Definition

The subtropics are the zones of the Earth immediately north and south of the tropic zone, which is bounded by the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, at latitude 23.5 ° north and south. The term 'subtropical' describes the climatic region found adjacent to the tropics, usually between 20 and 35 degrees latitude in both hemispheres, but occasionally found at slightly higher latitudes.
In subtropical climates the winters are relatively warm, but not as hot as the summer season. These climates rarely - if ever - see frost or snow, and plants such as palm, citrus and many broadleaf evergreens flourish, in contrast to the hardier deciduous and coniferous trees which dominate midlatitude climates. As one moves toward the tropical side the slight winter cool season disappears altogether, while at the polar threshold of the subtropics the winters become much cooler.
Rainfall patterns vary widely throughout the subtropics including hot deserts, savannas, monsoon forests, humid forests and the warmer parts of the Mediterranean climate zone. Subtropical regions include the southern third of California (Mediterranean type), the low deserts of the Southwest USA (hot arid type), the Gulf Coast and most of Florida (humid type), the southern Mediterranean and northern Sahara, northern India (monsoon), southeast China (humid), the middle part of South America (varied), and much of Australia (varied). Example of subtropical cities and areas include:

Subtropical flora

See also

subtropics in Bosnian: Suptropi
subtropics in Czech: Subtropický podnebný pás
subtropics in Danish: Subtropisk
subtropics in German: Subtropen
subtropics in Spanish: Clima subtropical
subtropics in Esperanto: Subtropiko
subtropics in Galician: Clima subtropical
subtropics in Korean: 아열대 기후
subtropics in Croatian: Suptropi
subtropics in Indonesian: Subtropis
subtropics in Italian: Clima subtropicale
subtropics in Hebrew: סובטרופי
subtropics in Lithuanian: Subtropikai
subtropics in Dutch: Subtropisch klimaat
subtropics in Japanese: 亜熱帯
subtropics in Polish: Klimat zwrotnikowy
subtropics in Portuguese: Clima subtropical
subtropics in Russian: Субтропики
subtropics in Finnish: Subtrooppinen vyöhyke
subtropics in Vietnamese: Cận nhiệt đới
subtropics in Chinese: 亚热带
subtropics in Turkish: Subtropikal iklim

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Antarctic Zone, Arctic Circle, Arctic Zone, Frigid Zones, Torrid Zone, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Variable Zones, climate, clime, equator, furnace, hell, horse latitudes, inferno, latitude, longitude, longitude in arc, meridian, oven, parallel, prime meridian, roaring forties, steam bath, the line, tropic, tropics, zone
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