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How the Tropics Got Their Names

Living in the Torrid Zone

The geographical zone between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn is known as the Torrid Zone - also commonly known as the tropics.

The tropics have a moist climate and lush green vegetation. It is warm to hot year-round. Some areas in the tropics such as the Sahara desert or Australian outback are defined as "dry".

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