Earth's climate bands, 16th century

Earth's climate bands, 16th century

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Caption: Earth's climate bands. 16th-century illustration and Latin text describing the variation in the Earth's climate with latitude. The diagram shows the tropics and the polar zones, with standard climate zones ('dia') named for various cities and locations: Diameroes (Meroe, Sudan); Diasyenes (Syene; Aswan, Egypt); Dialexandrios (Alexandria, Egypt); Diarhodos (Rhodes, Greece); Diaromes (Rome, Italy); Diaboristenes (Scythian river Borysthenes); and Diaripheos (Riphean Mountains). Page from a Venetian 1515 Latin edition of 'De magnis coniunctionibus annorum reuolutionibus' by Islamic astronomer Albumasar (787-886).

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