How many climate zones does the area around Mt. Kilimanjaro have?



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    The area directly surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro has four climate zones. The U.S. Geological Survey has collected a series of satellite images of Mount Kilimanjaro that indicate these. At the top of the tallest peak in Africa is a glacial zone. The size of its snow and ice mass frequently changes, but overall it is shrinking and may even cease to exist. A little below this zone is an area with short shrubs and grasses, followed by a forest reserve region sometimes described as the cloud forest. The land further down the mountain is inhabited and cultivated by people, and near the base of this great peak of Tanzania, drylands are found. Yet, logging and climate changes affecting Mount Kilimanjaro may in turn alter the location and characteristics of climate zones. Increase in temperature has led to glacier melt, the creation of streams and waterfalls, and the upward movement of vegetation bands. Additionally, forests are increasingly susceptible to succumbing to fires; coupled with logging practices, there has been an increase in environments marked by grasslands and bushes.

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    In order to climb to Mount Kilimanjaro you must get through five climate zones: rainforest, heath, moorland, alpine, desert and arctic. This 5895 meters tall mountain can have temperatures anywhere from around 85 degress farhinheit to sub zero.

    The first climatic zone is encircled by rainforests -land can be found being used to cultivate bananas, vegetables and coffee. With this zone receiving large amounts of rain, it contains the richest variety of plants, animals, pastures and plantations. By the time you reach the last climate zone, the temperature is sub zero, iceland with no rainfall and no sign of plants or animals.

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