Talk:Geographical zone

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Great Britain in Europe[edit]

In the temperate zones paragraph why is Great Britain included in the list when it is already covered under Europe?

Athosfolk (talk) 16:33, 19 October 2008 (UTC)


Climate zones[edit]

The phrase "[t]he idea of a geographical zone was first hypothesized by the ancient Greek scholar Aristotle" is wrong. As Strabo (63 BC to 23 CE) reports (Strab. 2,2,1-2):

"Indeed Posidonius says that (125, 15) Parmenides was the originator of the division into fi ve zones, but that he declares that the torrid [zone] is about double its real breadth, making the [zone] between the tropics extend beyond both tropics and into the temperate [zones]. Aristotle calls it (i.e., the torrid zone) [the zone] between the tropics and [he calls the zones] (125, 20) between the tropics and the arctic [circles] temperate. But he (i.e., Posidonius) justly objects to both men, for it is [the zone] that is uninhabitable on account of heat that is called torrid, whereas more than half of the breadth of [the region] between the tropics is inhabitable." [Ed. Edelstein & Kidd][1]

Parmenides was a pre-Socratic philosopher from Elea. I will modify the article accordingly.

Ursus Maior (talk) 14:14, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

  1. ^ A. H. Coxon and R. D. McKirahan (eds), The Fragments of Parmenides: A Critical Text With Introduction, and Translation, the Ancient Testimonia and a Commentary, 2nd edn (Phronesis: Supplementary Volumes 3; Assen, Dover (NH), 2009), p. 160.