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torrid zone:

see tropicstropics,
also called tropical zone or torrid zone, all the land and water of the earth situated between the Tropic of Cancer at lat. 23 1-2°N and the Tropic of Capricorn at lat. 23 1-2°S.
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Torrid Zone

[′tär·əd ‚zōn]
(climatology)
The zone of the earth's surface which lies between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
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Temperature variation is also common in the Torrid zones but since they are invariable warm to hot, and moist, the impact is limited.
A collection of stories culled from Frater's extensive personal and professional globetrotting, Tales from the Torrid Zone takes the reader on a journey through the remarkable lands that lie between the tropics, starting at, and periodically returning to, Frater's birthplace--the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu.
Beyond the torrid zone and the vast equatorial arm of the ocean was a temperate zone which the ancient world thought was inhabited.
Their scribes certainly were not prompted to imagine -- even from scientific premises such as the influence of climate on physique or character -- what sort of inhabitants there might be beyond the ocean and torrid zone.
In this passage Thomson transforms the very bounty and "Profusion" of the torrid Zone into a liability: they become instead its "fatal Treasures" (869).
At this point Thomson's exotic geography has done its ideological work; the inhabitants of the tropics are not quite human and the "christian Crimes of Europe's cruel Sons" are transformed into merely the "ill Fate" (875) of the torrid zone.
In a notorious instance, he asserts that "in the Frigid and in the Torrid zone the locality of World-Historical peoples cannot be found.
At home, we have witnessed a southward advance of the Torrid Zone, advecting tropical Congo air into our northern skies.
The oscillatory identity is based on data from Darwin and Tahiti: both are sufficiently close to the Torrid Zone, so this annual extension has embraced them accordingly.
By the end of Torrid Zones they have become emblematic of the various 'resistances' of colonized women to empire and patriarchy.
In Torrid Zones, Felicity Nussbaum is concerned not so much to ask an equivalent question ('Did women have an Enlightenment?
Paradoxically for a work centrally concerned with difference, the loose structure of Torrid Zones tends to obscure genuine historical differences (aligning texts more than a century apart and ignoring changes in the developing empire) and to collapse geographical variety (the term 'empire' throws together lands and cultures from at least four continents).