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Cold Environments | AQA GCSE Geography


Last updated 22 Dec 2023

GCSE Geography Students, test your knowledge & understanding of cold environments with this interactive topic quiz - produced by the tutor2u Geography team.

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Cold environments, also known as polar and subpolar regions, are characterized by low temperatures, frozen landscapes, and distinctive ecosystems. Here are some key features of cold environments:

  • Location: Cold environments are found near the poles, including Antarctica, the Arctic regions of North America, Europe, and Asia, and alpine environments at high elevations.
  • Climate: Cold environments have harsh and variable climates, with long, cold winters and short, cool summers.
  • Landscapes: Cold environments are characterized by glaciers, ice sheets, permafrost, and frozen seas.
  • Flora and fauna: Despite the harsh climate, cold environments are home to unique plant and animal species that have adapted to the extreme conditions, such as polar bears, penguins, and Arctic foxes.
  • Human impact: Human activities, such as climate change, oil and gas exploration, and tourism, are threatening cold environments and the species that inhabit them.
  • Indigenous communities: Indigenous communities, such as the Inuit and the Sami, have lived in cold environments for thousands of years and have developed unique ways of life and cultural practices.

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