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Friday, June 24, 2011

Ecological seasons

Ecological seasons

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Seasonal changes regarding a tree over a year
Ecologically speaking, a season is a period of the year in which only certain types of floral and animal events happen (e.g.: flowers bloom—spring; hedgehogs hibernate—winter). So, if we can observe a change in daily floral/animal events, the season is changing.

[edit] Hot regions

Hot regions have two seasons:
  • Rainy season
  • Dry season

[edit] Temperate areas

Six seasons can be distinguished. Mild temperate regions tend to experience the beginning of the hibernal season up to a month later than cool temperate areas, while the prevernal and vernal seasons begin up to a month earlier. For example, prevernal crocus blooms typically appear as early as February in mild coastal areas of British Columbia, the British Isles, and western and southern Europe. The actual dates for each season vary by climate region and can shift from one year to the next. Average dates listed here are for cool temperate climate zones in the Northern Hemisphere:

[edit] Cold regions

There are again only two seasons:
  • Polar Day (spring and summer)
  • Polar Night (autumn and winter)

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