Its harsh climate has discouraged long-term settlement for quite some time, with large icecaps covering nearly a third of the planetary surface. The equator is much more temperate, but it still suffers harsh winters like the rest of the planet. Much of the surface that is not frozen over consists of boreal forests and rolling grasslands and tundra that lie closer to the poles.
An area of frequent volcanic activity on Daver Kuat continually adds to the landmass of its supercontinent. Some scientists attribute the cold climate of Daver Kuat to be due to, in part, the massive amounts of ash spewed into the air by these volcanoes. The ash is so prevalent in the atmosphere that in some regions, the sun appears red in the summertime.