The Geography and climate of ancient greece.

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The life of the Greeks was much different than life is now. Many aspects of their lives were determined by the certain climate and geography plain they lived in. Whereas we in present time pick where we want to live because we like the neighbourhood, back in Ancient Greece the geography and climate were the main factors in where people set up their dwellings.

The mountain ranges in Ancient Greece were quite extensive. As the altitude rose so did the vegetation which grew on the mountains. At the low and middle altitudes there was a broad variety of vegetation such as: deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, and grasses. As the elevation rises the vegetation slowly dwindles. The olive trees grew between 600 and 800 meters and at 900 meters the conifer sections of trees began. At about 1700 to 2000 metres there were only black pines and Apollo fir. After that section there were only alpine plants that were remote and small.

In addition, in this section snow fell heavily in the during the winter because of its higher elevation.

They really needed to be near water for drinking and bathing purposes but also so they could have easy access to travel routes and places to fish so they could eat. Unfortunately, they had enough rain for them not to always be in a drought, but there was not enough to grow many plentiful grain crops. This feature of their climate forced them to trade with foreign countries so they were able to have enough grains for their rising nation.

The cities that sprawled across Greece were equipped with stone to make the stately architectural buildings. There was also much clay to make mud-bricks to help make some the structures. In the midst of some cities there was land that...