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Why study the tropics?
The Torrid Zone, more casually referred to as the tropics, has been discriminated against since Aristotle divided the world into three zones. The tropics have been considered too hot for civilised habitation, a place of great horrors, and a dangerous place of pestilence. Consequently, others have chosen to explore the Temperate and Frigid zones. However, the tropics has become an increasingly critical global zone. With a huge, and rapidly growing, population it is facing some of the most formidable issues in history, including the impact of climate change and environmental degradation, poor health and educational outcomes, extreme poverty, and political and economic instability.
International recognition of the tropical zone
etropic: Electronic journal of studies in the tropics
eTropic: Electronic journal of studies in the tropics
This journal disseminates new research from arts, humanities, social sciences and allied fields on the variety and interrelatedness of nature, culture, and society in tropical regions. eTropic publishes two fully refereed issues per year.
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