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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
  • Quiz by Webfoot - Sep 09, 2017
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level 61
Jul 14, 2017
Near misses: Tanzania, Chile, Greece, and Madagascar each have 9.
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level 61
Jan 9, 2018
I guessed Tanzania, Chile, and Madagascar before I guessed Spain and Italy.
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level 52
Jan 9, 2018
I guessed all of those, France and Japan. Eventually I got all with half a minute to spare, but I'm mostly surprised that Japan is not on the list. I guess Hokkaido is not as cold as I thought and the southern islands not as tropical as I thought.. Are France's territories not counted (Guiana as a departement must be at least)?
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level 67
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 50
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 61
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 61
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 54
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 78
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 61
Sep 14, 2017
I tried making that exact version (# of zones/sq km, excluding the countries with just 1 zone). Just because of their small areas, the top countries ended up being Liechtenstein, Andorra (both have 3), Micronesia, and Kiribati (both have 2), followed by the Balkans. Using this method made Kiribati 1000x "more diverse" than the United States, which obviously defeated the whole purpose of the quiz haha
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level 69
Sep 9, 2017
Fascinating!
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level 66
Sep 10, 2017
Great quiz and I like that you linked the Wikipedia article.
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level 45
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 47
Jan 4, 2018
it would be good to have a quiz on the list of climates
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level 47
Jan 4, 2018
i see there already is one! https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/265408/koppen-climate-types
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level 71
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 52
Jan 9, 2018
Somehow managed to guess every South American country except Peru :/ Missed Pakistan as well.
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level 29
Jan 9, 2018
I almost missed peru, but I was surprised at Italy, Pakistan, and Turkey.
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level 22
Jan 9, 2018
excellent quiz
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level 57
Jan 9, 2018
Interesting quiz! I wonder does Alaska contribute much to USA's position on the top?
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level 58
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 64
Jan 9, 2018
Good quiz, had to think at a different level for this one:
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level 37
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 72
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 43
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 30
Jan 10, 2018
How come USA is on the top and not Russia, China or India.
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level 27
Jan 11, 2018
because they're not the most climatologically diverse countries
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level 71
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.
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