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Countries with Tropical Rainforest and Glaciers

Can you name every country in the world whose territory contains both tropical rainforests and glaciers?
Tropical rainforest = Koppen climate classifaction Af
Includes overseas territories
Quiz by Werifesteria
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Australia
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Chile
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D. R. Congo
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India
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95 Comments
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Level 70
Jul 20, 2020
What about Argentina?
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Level 57
Jul 21, 2020
Not sure, but I think Argentina maybe is too far south to have rainforests
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Level 70
Jul 31, 2020
All the northern part (Formosa) is rainforest.
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Level 36
Sep 17, 2020
They're all subtropical from what I could tell from the source
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Level 27
Nov 4, 2021
the very top of it is in the tropic of cancer however its in a highland. And the rain forests are subtropical
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Level 24
Feb 23, 2023
Amazon Rainforest??????
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Level 66
Sep 18, 2020
Argentina is the best example of country with both huge glaciers (perito moreno) and rainforests in misiones (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Iguaz%C3%BA as the best example of rainforest with the Iguazú waterfalls).
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Level 65
Sep 18, 2020
No, it's not. No part of Argentina, not even Iguazú Falls, has a tropical rainforest climate. I know it might seem that way, but in fact that is a Humid Subtropical climate. It says so in the article you cited. You will not change my mind nor will you change Quizmaster's mind if you bring up Iguazú Falls.
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Level 35
Oct 31, 2023
Argentina has clearly both tropical rainforests and glaciers. Lol.
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Level 72
May 27, 2022
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rain_forest_location_map.png#/media/File:Rain_forest_location_map.png

This would appear to corroborate Werifesteria’s position…

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Level 66
May 28, 2022
I can't see the legend on the link. It looks like there are two types of green.

I've followed the link on the quiz description and then clicked on "Af" blue:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_rainforest_climate

but if this is the case, then what about Chile? Should it be included?

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Level 55
Dec 7, 2022
I believe Chile is included due to overseas territories
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Level 64
Jul 20, 2020
doesn't Spain qualify with glaciers in the Pyrenees and tropicla rainforest in the canaries?
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Level ∞
Jul 31, 2020
Canary Islands don't appear to have any Af climate:

https://en.climate-data.org/europe/spain/canary-islands-217/

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Level 78
Oct 31, 2023
Oh, the canaries are climate AF
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Level 73
Oct 31, 2023
love it!
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Level 62
Sep 17, 2020
The Canaries are very dry and arid, closer to desert climates than TRF climates
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Level 49
Sep 18, 2020
Don't be fooled, the western islands are as green as Ireland
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Level 66
Sep 27, 2023
Ireland's still not a rainforest though...
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Level 72
Oct 31, 2023
Their point was that the Canaries aren't all dry, not that Ireland was a rainforest.
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Level 56
Jul 30, 2020
Congratulations on it getting featured again!
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Level 65
Jul 30, 2020
Yeah Thanks! In case any future comment-readers may be wondering, Argentina and does not qualify because its few areas classified under a tropical climate are not "tropical rainforest," and the Canaries actually don't have Tropical rainforest, just subtropical rainforest.
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Level 76
Aug 1, 2020
Hmm, dunno about that. Visiting Iguazú Falls in Argentina, by the Brazilian border, the surrounding forest is as tropical rainforest as you can get. The drive from the airport to its city (Puerto Iguazú) was the jungliest forest I've driven through.
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Level 72
Sep 17, 2020
Last summer (2019) I went to the Amazon in Peru and Brazil and then Iguazu falls on the Brazilian and Argentine side, all on the same trip. After comparing the two, Iguazu is only subtropical as the flora is a bit different. Although there are some similarities, so I can see why the above person mistook it for a tropical one. I've also been to tropical rainforests in Central America, Asia, and Africa to compare it to as well.
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Level 77
Jul 30, 2020
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iriomote_Island

According to Wikipedia, at least one island in the Okinawa prefecture of Japan has a tropical rainforest Koppen climate, and we know it has glaciers on Hokkaido. Also, the Wikipedia page for Kondul Island, in the Nicobar archipelago in India, has a climate chart that qualifies it for an Af tropical rainforest climate, with at least 60mm of rain in each month on average and a nearly constant temperature year-round. We know India has glaciers in the Himalayas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kondul_Island

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Level 65
Jul 31, 2020
Japan's glaciers are on Honshu, not Hokkaido, but that doesn't change anything in the quiz.
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Level 65
Jul 30, 2020
Yes, I would like to include both India and Japan, but in order for this quiz to be re-featured those two countries were removed. At first glance it does not appear as though India contains the tropical rainforest climate, but actually the southernmost island in the Nicobars has a tropical rainforest climate, according to the wikipedia map that singles out the Af climate. So unless quizmaster considers Andaman and Nicobar to be an overseas territory, India should count.
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Level 63
Jul 15, 2024
The Western Ghats also have tropical rainforests, as per the map in the tropical rainforests page on Wikipedia. But it's not part of the Af Koppen classification.
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Level 88
Jul 31, 2020
Is there a reason France isn't included? I think there are glaciers in the French Alps, and tropical rain forests in French Guiana. My understanding is that French Guiana is not a territory but an overseas region and department, so is not excluded by the caveat.
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Level ∞
Jul 31, 2020
Added several countries including D. R. Congo, France, India, and Japan. Also, since the distinction between external region and territory can be very hazy, I decided to allow external territories as well. This adds the United Kingdom to the list.
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Level 86
Jul 31, 2020
I would say that the UK doesn't have overseas regions in the same way as France but ok. Still, I wonder where on UK's territories you can find rainforest or glaciers...
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Level 65
Jul 31, 2020
Glaciers: South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Rainforest: Pitcairn Islands, Montserrat, and the Chagos Archipelago

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Level 86
Jul 31, 2020
Thanks. So, no glaciers on inhabited territories, that's a bit of a stretch.
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Level 83
Jul 31, 2020
Well all glaciers are uninhabited territory, some are just closer to people than others.
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Level 86
Aug 1, 2020
That's witty but you know what I meant by "territory", don't you?
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Level 83
Aug 14, 2020
Of course :) Well this distinction doesn't seem important to me when we're talking purely about physical geography.
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Level 72
May 27, 2022
Well, it does seem important if the quiz asks you to locate that physical geography into a political entity. Judging by the Levels of those debating this here, I don’t think there’s any point in setting out the difference between overseas territories and the overseas départements of France. But just for clarification, the political entity in which the Chagos Archipelago lies is the British Indian Ocean Territory, or BIOT, although both names are somewhat silly since they are no longer inhabited by Chagossians or the British, but by the American military… one of the most dispicable acts of theft that you could think of in the ‘post-colonial’ era.
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Level 62
Jul 31, 2020
Neat Feature. What does the "af" stand for in the caveats?

Also, Shouldn't China be Included? A quick google search shows this https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201909/02/WS5d6ca5d6a310cf3e35569315.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_1_Glacier

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Level 77
Jul 31, 2020
I looked into this too, but while southern Hainan's forests definitely receive tons of rain, there is a "pronounced dry season," disqualifying it from an Af (which stands for tropical rainforest in the Koppen climate classification system) and making it a tropical wet-dry, or monsoon climate. Even if you were to include the disputed Spratly Islands, it would still be a monsoon climate. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanya#Climate By the way, this is the same reason that we have to go all the way to the Nicobar islands to qualify India for tropical rainforest even when the state of Kerala has such lush jungles.
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Level 65
Jul 31, 2020
"af" is the Köppen tropical rainforest climate, which I used to define tropical rainforest for this quiz. China is not included because Hainan's rainforests are under the classification tropical monsoon, or "am." As to whether or not there is natural land with a tropical rainforest climate in the Spratly and Paracel islands, and whether or not jetpunk considers them part of China, I leave up to Quizmaster. Also, if we are considering the UK's tropical and glaciated territories, to be consistent New Zealand (Tokelau, ect.) and Australia (Heard and McDonald) should be added.
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Level ∞
Jul 31, 2020
Does Australia have any Af climate?

In any case, please make any changes you need to and resubmit. Thanks!

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Level 65
Jul 31, 2020
Yes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Innisfail,_Queensland#Climate

Can I add new zealand?

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Level 77
Jul 31, 2020
It's doubtful that it will mean anything due to the disputed nature of the island and its administration by Malaysia, but out of all the islands in the Spratly group which have naturally occurring land, the southernmost one, Swallow Reef, has an Af climate according to Wikipedia. All the other islands either have no climate data because they're completely untouched, or they have a monsoon climate. That means that even including the southernmost disputed islands administered by China, the tropical regions of China have dry seasons that are too dry to be rainforests.
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Level 82
Aug 1, 2020
Not saying this is a bad quiz but I'm getting tired of having to retake it every day
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Level 82
Aug 14, 2020
Once more, c'mon everybody
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Level 65
Aug 1, 2020
Jerry, the place you went in Argentina has a humid subtropical climate, according to koppen. That's a similar climate to the southeastern US. And I agree, when I was in Louisiana it felt like a tropical rainforest, but actually it isnt quite.
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Level 83
Aug 2, 2020
Sad that the glaciers in Indonesian New Guinea are almost gone now.
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Level 65
Aug 13, 2020
I've added Chile because I found out that Easter Island has a tropical rainforest climate and there appears to be some wild forest in Ranu Kao, even though the vast majority of the island's forests and native trees have been killed.
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Level 56
Aug 14, 2020
This quiz can make the record of appearing on New and Reset Page the most times in a short period of time... jk
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Level 65
Aug 14, 2020
ha ha yeah
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Level 75
Aug 14, 2020
No actually probably not just kidding
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Level 65
Aug 15, 2020
I know this quiz is constantly being renewed, and that's why I was conflicted about adding Chile after people had commented about that. But I ultimately decided it was better that the quiz be accurate. I think you would agree. As for why it's happened so much, the quizmaster tightened and then gradually loosened the qualifications for this quiz. Concerning the additions of Japan and Chile, I'm sorry I initially overlooked those countries' inconspicuous tropical islands and caused you the inconvenience of retaking my quiz. Just keep in mind that many featured quizzes are updated due to overlooked information, and the consequence of not reseting is an inaccurate quiz.
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Level 69
Sep 17, 2020
I think it's a splendid quiz idea, beautifully executed. Cheers!
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Level 74
Feb 12, 2021
Agreed. Thank you for making the quiz and updating it based on user feedback. Worst case scenario is that people have to take it again, but people come here to take quizzes so...
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Level 65
Sep 17, 2020
But Australia doesn't have glaciers?
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Level 37
Sep 17, 2020
It can also be cause of Mountains Glaciers and stuff like that
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Level 59
Sep 17, 2020
I think they're in Tasmania.
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Level 52
Sep 18, 2020
Includes external territories - Australia has some sub-Antarctic islands like Heard and McDonald.
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Level 37
Sep 17, 2020
Does New Zealand even have a Rain Forest??
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Level 67
Sep 17, 2020
New Zealand is covered in rain forest but it is either temperate (South Island) or sub tropical (northern North Island). However the quiz includes tropical islands. Two of which, Cooks and Niue, should be independent countries but Jet Punk (& the UN) disagrees. Tokelau is a tiny coral atoll with the highest point only 5 metres above sea level. I don't think it has any rainforest. Kermadecs are subtropical only. So strictly speaking if you include the self governing nations of Cooks and Niue as part of NZ then it does have a small amount of tropical rainforest
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Level 65
Sep 17, 2020
Tokelau does have Tropical Rainforest. Its elevation is great enough to support forests in a Tropical Rainforest Climate. If you don't believe me look at it on google maps or read about it on wikipedia.
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Level 43
Oct 31, 2023
They're not independent – they're entities in free association with NZ.
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Level 59
Sep 17, 2020
I didnt know Venezuela had glaciers...
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Level 65
Sep 17, 2020
Australia's glaciers are on Heard and McDonald Island. New Zealand's rainforests are on Tokelau, Cook Islands, Niue, and possibly the kermadec islands
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Level 59
Sep 17, 2020
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Level 66
Sep 17, 2020
Alphabetical order was surprisingly helpful.
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Level 61
Sep 17, 2020
Funny that China is not on the list
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Level 66
Sep 17, 2020
Surely Papua New Guinea has glaciers
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Level 76
Oct 3, 2022
I did a quick google search and it does seem to
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Level 68
Oct 31, 2023
It does not. All of the glaciers in New Guinea are on the Indonesian half of the island, which has higher mountains. There is pretty clear evidence of Pleistocene glaciation in Papua New Guinea, with the summits of Mount Wilhelm and Mount Giluwe exhibiting textbook cirque and tarn features, but there are no glaciers there right now. Those peaks, while high, are still a couple of thousand feet below the highest summits in Indonesian New Guinea, which support small glaciers.
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Level 65
Sep 17, 2020
no. But Uzbekistan does, even though the countries with glaciers quiz lacks it
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Level 76
Feb 23, 2021
This quiz got me to 10,000 points!
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Level 69
Oct 19, 2021
From what I've heard this list might shrink in our lifetime as glaciers in the African countries mentioned here are disappearing at a fast rate.
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Level 28
Dec 5, 2021
New Zealand doesn't have any tropical rainforests.
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Level 65
Dec 5, 2021
tokelau
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Level 47
Dec 16, 2021
china ( tropical rainforests in southeast and glaciers in Himalayas
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Level 59
May 27, 2022
Never would have guessed Japan, silly when I think of it though.

I'm assuming it's Hokkaido and Ryukyu that make this possible?

Cool quiz nonetheless! :D

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Level 67
Oct 7, 2022
Tropical rain forest in Japan problably are in Okinawa,
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Level 76
May 27, 2022
The wiki page of Easter Island actually says it has a Cfa climate, though very close to Af. In any case there don't seem to be any forests there anymore. So in my opinion, Chile should be left out.
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Level 81
May 27, 2022
I always think the Andes extend into Brazil, but I guess not
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Level 73
May 30, 2022
That's why you're almost a genius, but not quite! Heh, just kidding, the pun was irresistible. The Andes are actually very far from Brazil's borders.
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Level 72
Nov 1, 2023
Which part of the Andes? I'm kind of curious now. Did you assume their width stretched all the way through Bolivia or Peru? Or maybe you thought the northern part of the Andes curved back around into the Guiana shield?

Welp, now I'm going down a rabbit hole looking for the name of the [lowlands?] separating the Andes from the Guiana Shield. Orinoco Basin? East Venezuelan Basin?? Completely lost.

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Level 52
Aug 17, 2022
What about burma?
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Level 39
Oct 31, 2023
I think Nepal has been missed here.
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Level 75
Oct 31, 2023
*tropical* rainforest in Nepal?
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Level 66
Oct 31, 2023
This has to be the only quiz that one can do well on just by guessing South American countries and large countries that is also Brazil-less.
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Level 52
Oct 31, 2023
how about China?
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Level 66
Oct 31, 2023
I'm from the north of Argentina and I can tell you that there are rainforest in here
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Level 76
Jan 19, 2024
Not tropical, according to the classification system used. I don't know why people have such a hard time understanding that. The fact that something looks like a jungle doesn't make it a tropical rainforest.
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Level 54
Oct 31, 2023
Myanmar (Burma) should be included as well. They have the Hkakabo Razi Glacier and multiple tropical Rainforests, including ones in the same National Park as said glacier.
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Level 72
Nov 1, 2023
I'm not seeing anything classified as Af (tropical rainforest) for Myanmar. A majority of the coast is made up of tropical monsoon (Am) and a lot of the interior is tropical savannah (Aw), but not Af.

Keep in mind that the only reason India made it onto this list is because of a small area on the Nicobar islands, not the mainland itself.

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Level 57
Nov 1, 2023
Lots of jet punk quizzes prompt me to research something/somebody and go down the rabbit hole, but this quiz is the most interesting I've had to date. It led me to this very interesting video by climber James Price 'The Call of the Karakoram', in Pakistan/Tajikistan, no AFs but the longest non-polar glacier range in the world. Beautifully done, take 23 minutes and watch.

https://www.google.com/search?sca_esv=578479838&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS974US974&q=Karakoram&tbm=vid&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj7paCe8KKCAxW6J0QIHc7qAUcQ0pQJegQIChAB&biw=1055&bih=527&dpr=1.77#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:cd993f73,vid:2XA4TZjQ56U,st:0

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Level 46
Nov 1, 2023
Australia has a glacier? Antarctica doesn't count.
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Level 72
Nov 1, 2023
Heard Island and McDonald Islands are included, but mainland Antarctica itself probably isn't. It's an odd line.
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Level 39
Mar 13, 2024
What about Myanmar???