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What are the horse latitudes

These high-pressure regions, more formally known as subtropic highs, are warm and don’t have much wind. Legend has it that the lack of wind sometimes caused sailors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to throw their horses overboard in an effort to conserve water on board. That’s how the region, centered around 30° latitude, got its name.



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