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Climatic Determinism and the Conceptualization of the Tropics in British India

"The geographic concept of tropicality emerged as an operative tool in the colonizing efforts of the European powers in the 18th and 19th centuries. Since the colonizing encounters proved fatal for many Europeans in South Asia, particularly during the initial phase of settlement when their mortality rate was far higher than that of the natives, attempts were made to understand the impact of the tropical climate upon the Western constitution. ..." – By Rituparna Ray Chowdhury

History of the Hydrometeorological Service of Belarus

"The first weather observations within the modern territory of Belarus go back to ancient times and are found as mentions of weather conditions in chronicles. Hydrometeorology in those times was not a defined science but connected to the everyday needs of people in different regions. In the period from 1000 to 1800, there were first efforts to document outstanding weather conditions and phenomena. ..." – By Irina Danilovich, Raisa Auchynikava and Victoria Slonosky

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