Despite the great quantity of climatological literature, there are few books describing climates from the geographical point of view. The present volume is an attempt to fill this gap. The first part discusses the principal processes and factors shaping and differentiating climatic conditions, the distribution of climatic elements and the regionalisation of climates. The second and main part examines the climates of the continents and oceans, the continents being treated in considerable detail and the oceans more generally. Each section begins with a climatic review of the whole continent, followed by a detailed discussion of the climatic conditions of large countries or groups of smaller ones. Subsections discuss such factors as length of daylight, solar radiation, air pressure systems and winds, tempatures, humidity cloudiness, and precipitation experienced by regions. This volume serves as a useful guide for geographers and environmental scientists, climatologists, and the many nonprofessionals interested in the world and its climates.
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