- the part of the earth's surface lying between the tropic of Cancer and the Arctic Circle in the Northern Hemisphere or between the tropic of Capricorn and the Antarctic Circle in the Southern Hemisphere, and characterized by having a climate that is warm in the summer, cold in the winter, and moderate in the spring and fall.
Also called Variable Zone.
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In some temperate-zone mammals, Ḣb is elevated in winter, which presumably increases their "cold-hardiness."
Many insects grow torpid in the cool of a temperate-zone night, but warm up to activity soon after sunrise.Nightmare Planet
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- those parts of the earth's surface lying between the Arctic Circle and the tropic of Cancer and between the Antarctic Circle and the tropic of Capricorn
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- Either of two regions of the Earth of intermediate latitude, the North Temperate Zone, between the Arctic Circle and the Tropic of Cancer, or the South Temperate Zone, between the Antarctic Circle and the Tropic of Capricorn.
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