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Most Climatologically Diverse Countries

The Köppen climate classification system identifies 31 separate and distinct types of climates, ranging from "tropical rainforest" to "hot desert" to "ice cap" and everything in between. Name the countries with at least 10 of them.
For more info about the Köppen climate classification, click here
Last updated: September 09, 2017
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Country
26
United States
18
China
17
India
16
Russia
15
Australia
13
Argentina
13
Italy
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Country
13
Turkey
12
Brazil
12
Canada
12
Pakistan
12
Spain
11
Colombia
11
Mexico
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Country
11
Venezuela
10
Bolivia
10
Ecuador
10
Peru
10
South Africa
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level 64
Jul 14, 2017
Near misses: Tanzania, Chile, Greece, and Madagascar each have 9.
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level 63
Jan 9, 2018
I guessed Tanzania, Chile, and Madagascar before I guessed Spain and Italy.
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level 70
Jul 18, 2017
Interesting quiz, I'm a fan! It didn't work so well for your US states version of this one, but this one is much more difficult - there's some easy guesses "pick all the biggest countries" but a few are less intuitive.
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level 57
Jul 18, 2017
Nice quiz!
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level 44
Jul 21, 2017
Perfect! I concentrated mostly on big countries encompassing more latitudes and those with mountain range/high altitudes like the Andes!
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level ∞
Sep 4, 2017
Source for this quiz? I'd like to feature it, but I can't find where this data comes from.
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level 64
Sep 5, 2017
I manually counted the number of discrete zones on maps from both this link (https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/11/1633/2007/hess-11-1633-2007.pdf) and countries' individual maps, which were found via Wikipedia and made using data from WorldClim.org, a database that compiles climatological data from "The U.S. Government's Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative" (FeedTheFuture.gov), "The Geospatial and Farming Systems Research Consortium" (gfc.ucdavis.edu | www.k-state.edu/siil). I think it would be more difficult to find a source that has the number of zones already counted and listed out, because the Köppen system was more meant to designate a single location’s/area’s climate, not measure a nation’s diversity through its number of different zones.
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level 64
Sep 5, 2017
Also, I think using my system is somewhat flawed in that a country such as Spain or Italy would be far more thoroughly documented in terms of different areas’ temperature, precipitation, hours of sunlight, etc. than a country like Iran, Ethiopia, or Tanzania (or at the very least its data more readily accessible), resulting in that country having more “zones”. Then again, a caveat could be added specifying “most documented zones”. But PLEASE let me know if you want me to dig deeper and find more information; I’d really like to get featured! :)
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level ∞
Sep 9, 2017
Nice, that must have taken a lot of time. We're going to feature it! It will be on the front page on January 8th.
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level 57
Jan 9, 2018
Liar!!! That being said you were off by only a day. I can't believe how far in advance you plan these things.
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level 81
Sep 9, 2017
This is a great quiz. I know a lot of work went into this, but I would love to see a version of this "with exceptions" that removed all of the countries that cover huge areas, since they are 'obvious' guesses - or a version that is ranked on: rank = ( # of discrete zones / square kilometers )
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level 70
Sep 9, 2017
Fascinating!
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level 67
Sep 10, 2017
Great quiz and I like that you linked the Wikipedia article.
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level 50
Dec 9, 2017
It's really strange that there are so few Afican countries here. I would think maybe Tanzania or the DRC would have made it. Great Quiz!
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level 65
Jan 4, 2018
it would be good to have a quiz on the list of climates
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level 65
Jan 4, 2018
i see there already is one! https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/265408/koppen-climate-types
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level 73
Jan 9, 2018
USA absolutely crushing this and it's interesting to see the numbers because I've often listed this as one of the country's strengths before but had no data to go with it.
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level 58
Jan 9, 2018
Somehow managed to guess every South American country except Peru :/ Missed Pakistan as well.
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level 28
Jan 9, 2018
I almost missed peru, but I was surprised at Italy, Pakistan, and Turkey.
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level 25
Jan 9, 2018
excellent quiz
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level 66
Jan 9, 2018
Interesting quiz! I wonder does Alaska contribute much to USA's position on the top?
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level 61
Jan 9, 2018
Surprised that Chile, Iran and France are not on the list. France especially, it varies almost as much as in Italy: just comparing Provence to Brittany, or Corsica to the Alps (let alone French Guiana or Réunion!)
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level 66
Jan 9, 2018
Good quiz, had to think at a different level for this one:
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level 46
Jan 9, 2018
Does this count overseas territories?
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level 67
Jan 9, 2018
USA is #1
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level 74
Jan 9, 2018
Woody Guthrie explained that - from California to the New York island, from the Redwood Forest to the gulf stream waters, the endless skyway, the golden valley, the ribbon of highway, sparkling sands of diamond deserts, wheat fields waving, dust clouds rolling, lifting fog...throw in Alaska and Hawaii and it all makes sense.
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level 67
Jan 9, 2018
It also makes sense because we don't settle for 2nd.
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level 44
Jan 9, 2018
Missed every single South American country except for Peru.
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level 51
Jan 9, 2018
Italy, Spain, but not France. Unbelievable
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level 45
Jan 10, 2018
How come USA is on the top and not Russia, China or India.
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level 40
Jan 11, 2018
because they're not the most climatologically diverse countries
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level 73
Jan 11, 2018
of course it's the USA. Between Alaska, Hawaii, Florida, Arizona, Louisiana, California, Colorado, Maine, etc.. no place else compares to the kind of climatological and geographic diversity found in the US.