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  The Tropics Hotel and Hostel
And all that action is going on in South Beach.
So if you come to Miami - stay in South Beach at the Tropics Hotel and Hostel.
Because it is right in the center of everything, has clean, newly renovated rooms and an olympic size swimming pool.
www.tropicshotel.com   (76 words)

  
  tropics. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
231/2°N and the Tropic of Capricorn at lat.
Since the entire tropical zone receives the rays of the sun more directly than areas in higher latitudes, the average annual temperature of the tropics is higher and the seasonal change of temperature is less than in other zones.
Such population growth has led to deforestation of the tropical forest, which is thought to contribute to the greenhouse effect and global warming, and to the elimination of numerous unique species.
www.bartleby.com /65/tr/tropics.html   (438 words)

  
 Tropics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The tropics are the geographic region of the Earth centered on the equator and limited in latitude by the two tropics: the Tropic of Cancer in the northern hemisphere and the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere.
Tropical plants and animals are those species native to the tropics.
Tropical is also sometimes used in a general sense of a place that is warm and moist year-round, often with the sense of lush vegetation.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Tropical   (263 words)

  
 Tropics source of much of world's biodiversity
The tropics are the source of a majority of the planet's biodiversity, according to a new study, underscoring the need to preserve tropical forests, reefs and other ecosystems around the world.
Valentine noted that greater tropical diversity has been documented for nearly all ecosystems, ranging from the deep sea, open ocean and continental shelf to terrestrial forests, grasslands and wetlands, and among plants, fungi, invertebrates and vertebrates.
As expected, the lineages of tropical genera are younger than those at higher latitudes, reflecting the fact that the lineages originated in the tropics but took a while to migrate northward.
www.eurekalert.org /pub_releases/2006-10/uoc--tso100206.php   (976 words)

  
 Encyclopedia: Tropics   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Tropic of Cancer (cancer (♋) is Latin for crab), one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth, is the parallel of latitude that lies 23° 26 22 north of the Equator.
Tropical diseases are infectious diseases that either occur uniquely in tropical and subtropical regions (which is rare) or, more commonly, are either more widespread in the tropics or more difficult to prevent or control.
If the tropics are a cause or a trigger of climate change then their role becomes critical, according to Lea, and even if the tropics are an amplifier of changes that started elsewhere, then it is still scientifically important to understand how they play that role.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Tropics   (1059 words)

  
 II. Humid tropics
Humid tropics are the climatic regions where mean monthly temperatures are consistently high and exceed 18°C throughout the year, and where rainfall exceeds evapotranspiration for at least 270 days in a year (Salati et al., 1983; CGIAR, 1990a; Lugo and Brown, 1991).
The most predominant vegetation of the humid tropics consists of TRF in the lowlands, moist deciduous forest in regions with a pronounced dry season, and montane forest in the high lands (Holdridge, 1967).
In the humid tropics of Africa and America and parts of southeast Asia, traditional systems are based on shifting cultivation and bush fallow rotation (Okigbo and Greenland, 1976; Ruthenberg, 1980), on extractive use of native forest (Fearniside, 1983; Asabere, 1987), or on traditional agroforestry systems (Denevan et al., 1984; Gomez-Pompct, 1987a, b).
www.unu.edu /unupress/unupbooks/uu27se/uu27se04.htm   (2953 words)

  
 Young Students Learning Library: TROPICS@ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The tropics are a generally warm zone encircling the center of the Earth and stretching about 1,600 miles (2,575 km) north and south of the equator.
The tropics are bordered by two other imaginary lines--the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere and the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Tropic of Cancer is 23 degrees and 27 minutes north of the equator, while the Tropic of Capricorn is 23 degrees and 27 minutes...
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1P1:28017747&refid=ip_encyclopedia_hf   (210 words)

  
 USGCRP Seminar: Sensitivity of the Tropics to a Global Climate Warming: Evidence and Implications
The influence of the tropics on the Earth's climate, as well as the sensitivity of the tropics to a global climate warming (and variations in the occurrence and intensity of El Niño/La Niña events and monsoons), are issues of growing concern.
However, recent evidence of past tropical climate conditions, based on high-resolution deep-sea sediment cores and ice cores from tropical mountain glaciers, reveal extensive cooling in the tropics during the last ice age, on the order of 4-5°C in the oceanic upwelling areas of the eastern equatorial Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans.
Presently, evidence of a significant climate warming in the tropics during the second half of the 20th century, is rapidly accumulating.
www.usgcrp.gov /usgcrp/seminars/991111FO.html   (2115 words)

  
 Guns Germs & Steel. The World - The Tropics | PBS
The Tropics are a latitudinal region bordered by the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
The area of the Tropics represents all the regions of the earth where the sun passes directly overhead, at least once a year.
This occurs throughout the year at the Equator, at the summer solstice at the Tropic of Cancer, and at the winter solstice at the Tropic of Capricorn.
www.pbs.org /gunsgermssteel/world/pup/world_tropics.html   (108 words)

  
 Home of the Miami Tropics Basketball Team
The Tropics finished with a 29-14 record, and three of their players were named Nike All-Americans - point guard Javi Gonzalez, combo guard Martavis Kee and center Freddy Asprilla.
The Tropics were invited to the Peach Jam for the third straight year, and Gonzalez finished one assist short of the tournament lead in that category.
In the summer of 2005, the Tropics were invited to San Juan, Puerto Rico to compete in the Copa McDonald's tournament.
www.hoop-rap.com /team/history.php   (1212 words)

  
 Tropics
The Tropics is dedicated to providing a permanent home to parrots who have been given up for many different reasons: physical problems, death of an owner, psychological problems, handicaps, whatever.
Never having been around exotic birds before volunteering at The Tropics, I was not familiar with their temperaments nor their capacities for inflicting some serious harm to humans that they don’t like.
I know that he is a permanent resident of The Tropics (as are all the birds there), but that doesn’t stop me from coveting him.
2therescue.net /Tropics   (5700 words)

  
 World Heritage: Wet Tropics of Queensland
The Wet Tropics rainforests contain an almost complete record of the major stages in the evolution of plant life on earth.
The Wet Tropics is home to 30 per cent of Australia's marsupial species, 58 per cent of its bat species, 26 per cent of its frog species, 17 per cent of its reptile species, 58 per cent of the butterfly species and 48 per cent of its bird species.
Tracey, J. 1982, The Vegetation of the Humid Tropical Region of North Queensland, CSIRO, Melbourne.
www.deh.gov.au /heritage/worldheritage/sites/wettropics   (1049 words)

  
 LiveScience.com - Evolution Occurs Faster at the Equator
A census of all the plants and animals around the world would reveal that species richness is uneven: it is highest in the tropics, the regions of Earth near the equator, and lower the closer one goes toward the planet's poles.
The researchers found that tropical plants had more than twice the rate of base substitution compared to their temperate cousins.
Numbers for tropical species are in bold, while numbers for temperate species are not.
www.livescience.com /animalworld/060501_tropics_evo.html   (455 words)

  
 tropics on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A symphony in words: `Anna in the Tropics' shimmers with magical energy.
A sign points the way to "The Tropics," a three-minute walk down a wooded path from the nearest electricty or water at Wellspring resort in Washington.
A small coca farmer harvests coca leaves in the Bolivian tropics June 22, 2002.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/t1/tropics.asp   (1113 words)

  
 Into the Depths of the Amazon - Climate
The tropics are a region that spans the globe along the equator.
The Northern tropics (northern hemisphere) line is called the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.5 degrees North latitude and the southern tropics (southern hemisphere) is called the Tropic of Cancer at 23.5 degrees South latitude.
At the fringes of the Tropics and past the tropics, the change in seasons is more visible.
library.thinkquest.org /21395/graphics/climate/tropics.html   (229 words)

  
 Express Gay News Online
TROPICS BILLS ITSELF AS A FINE dining establishment, and has an ambitious menu, offering everything from standard fare like shrimp cocktail, grilled chicken breast and fettuccine Bolognese, to the more exotic African pheasant, farm-raised Australian red deer and ostrich filet.
Tropics stuffed chicken breast is packed with spinach, prosciutto, artichokes and mozzarella.
Cheesecakes are not known as light desserts, but Tropic’s apple cheesecake, with fresh apples in it and a cinnamon and walnut topping, is smooth and creamy, and made on the premises.
www.expressgaynews.com /print.cfm?content_id=814   (624 words)

  
 Greater diversity of life in tropics - USATODAY.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
About three-quarters of today's types of these creatures originated in the tropics and spread outward toward the poles, while only one-quarter originated at higher latitudes, they report in Friday's edition of the journal Science.
"The tropics are the engine for global biodiversity," added co-author Kaustuv Roy, associate professor of biology at the University of California, San Diego.
Researchers have found that tropical areas like the Galapagos are particularly good at originating new species and keeping them alive.
www.usatoday.com /tech/science/discoveries/2006-10-05-tropical-diversity_x.htm   (464 words)

  
 Climate change - tropics, tropical rainforests, rising oceans
For many years, it was thought that tropical rainforests were essentially unaffected by climate change Now studies are showing that not only were they changed during past events like ice ages, but some areas are being affected right now by warming.
In other parts of the tropics, even in places that have been undisturbed for more than 4500 years, the rise in atmospheric CO2 appears to be changing the composition of the forest.
They protect and support the lives of millions of people around the tropical zones, and are a font of wealth from fishing and recreation.
www.worldviewofglobalwarming.org /pages/tropics-oceans.html   (1111 words)

  
 tropics - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Tropics, two parallels of latitude on the terrestrial globe lying equidistant from the equator from latitude 23°27' north to 23°27' south, the most...
Tropic of Cancer, the parallel of latitude, or imaginary line around the earth, that marks the northern limit of the tropics or Torrid Zone, a...
- line of latitude: a line of latitude on the Earth's globe either 23º 26′ north of the equator tropic of Cancer or 23º 26′ south tropic of Capricorn
encarta.msn.com /encnet/refpages/search.aspx?q=tropics   (142 words)

  
 Caliente Tropics Tiki Mugs - Tiki Farm, Inc.
Caliente tropics Resort in Palm Springs, California re-opened in March 2001 after an extensive $2.2 million renovation and is one of the last and greatest examples of the classic Polynesian-styled motor hotels of the 60s.
Built in 1963 and opened in 1964, by Ken Kimes, Sr., the tropics was number 38 out of 45 motels Kimes developed in the U.S. Five of the motels were Polynesian styled.
The tropics was to the south end of Palm Springs what the Racquet Club had been to the north end.
www.tikifarm.com /calientetropics.htm   (937 words)

  
 San Diego Zoo Exhibit: Gorilla Tropics
The heart of Gorilla Tropics is the gorillas' habitat.
You'll observe from the many viewing areas how gorillas are members of a very complex social group, and that the unique living habitat of Gorilla Tropics greatly helps to encourage their natural behavior.
Many of the plants in Gorilla Tropics are native to Africa, including the African tulip tree, hibiscus, and giant bird-of-paradise.
www.sandiegozoo.org /zoo/ex_gorilla_tropics.html   (779 words)

  
 tropics
tropics, also called tropical zone or torrid zone, all the land and water of the earth situated between the
23 1/2°S. Every point within the tropics receives the perpendicular rays of the sun at noon on at least one day of the year.
Such population growth has led to deforestation of the tropical forest, which is thought to contribute to the greenhouse effect and
www.infoplease.com /ce6/sci/A0849493.html   (343 words)

  
 San Diego Zoo Exhibit: Gorilla Tropics
You'll observe from the many viewing areas how gorillas are members of a very complex social group, and that the unique living habitat of Gorilla Tropics greatly helps to encourage their natural behavior.
Many of the plants in Gorilla Tropics are native to Africa, including the African tulip tree, hibiscus, and giant bird-of-paradise.
The San Diego Zoo was one of the first zoos to exhibit the highly endangered bonobos, or pygmy chimps, and we currently have the largest colony of bonobos in zoos.
sandiegozoo.org /zoo/ex_gorilla_tropics.html   (746 words)

  
 Search Results for tropics - Encyclopædia Britannica
Tropic birds are characterized by pairs of streaming central tail feathers, which may be as long...
tropical forest with luxuriant, tangled, impenetrable vegetation, generally teeming with wildlife; popularly associated with the tropics, such conditions are actually found only when the tree canopy...
Some tunicates, especially in the tropics, live symbiotically with unicellular plants and blue-green algae that may provide them with a supply...
www.britannica.com /search?query=tropics   (466 words)

  
 LiveScience.com - Surprising Pace of Evolution and Extinction Revealed
New species of birds and mammals evolve faster at high latitudes than in the tropics, but they also go extinct faster, a new study suggests.
Yet, there are more than 10 times more species in the tropics than in the Arctic, and several times as many more species in the tropics than in temperate zones.
One study last year found that evolution is actually occurring faster in the tropics than at high latitudes, at least for plants, while another that found evolution rates are equivalent in tropic and temperate environments, at least for tree frogs.
www.livescience.com /animalworld/070315_tropics_evo.html   (759 words)

  
 tropics — FactMonster.com
tropics, also called tropical zone or torrid zone, all the land and water of the earth situated between the
23 1/2°S. Every point within the tropics receives the perpendicular rays of the sun at noon on at least one day of the year.
Such population growth has led to deforestation of the tropical forest, which is thought to contribute to the greenhouse effect and
www.factmonster.com /ce6/sci/A0849493.html   (351 words)

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