Scientists examine 'perfect storms' fueling vast tropical biodiversity

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 06:11 in Earth & Climate

Biodiversity on earth is greatest in the tropics with the number and variety of species gradually diminishing toward the poles. Understanding exactly what shapes this pattern, known as the latitudinal diversity gradient, is not just key to knowing the nature of life on Earth, but it also could help scientists slow biodiversity loss and protect areas of the globe that generate a disproportionate variety of species.

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