GA Notes:”PRESSURE BELT (The horizontal distribution of air pressure)” For Railway & SSC Exams 2018-19

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(The horizontal distribution of air pressure)

The horizontal distribution of air pressure across the latitudes is characterised by high or low pressure belts.

These pressure belts are: 
(1) The Equatorial Low-Pressure Belt 
(2) The Subtropic High Pressure Belts 
(3) The Sub-polar Low-Pressure Betts 
(4) The Polar High-Pressure Belts

The Equatorial Low-Pressure Belt:

  • The sun shines almost vertically on the equator throughout the year. 
  • As a result, the air gets warm and rises over the equatorial region and produce equatorial low pressure. 
  • This belt extends from equator to 100N and 100S latitudes. 
  • Due to excessive heating horizontal movement of air is absent here and only conventional currents are there. 
  • Therefore this belt is called doldrums (the zone of calm) due to virtual absence of surface winds. 
  • These are the regions of convergence because the winds flowing from sub-tropical high-pressure belts converge here. 
  • This belt is also known as-Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

The Sub-tropical High-Pressure Belts:

  • The sub-tropical high-pressure belts extend from the tropics to about 35° latitudes in both the Hemispheres. 
  • In the northern hemisphere it is called as the North sub-tropical high-pressure belt and in the southern hemisphere it is known as the South sub-tropical high pressure belt.
  • In olden days vessels with cargo of horses passing through these belts found difficulty in sailing under these calm conditions. 
  • They used to throw the horses in the sea in order to make the vessels lighter. 
  • Henceforth these belts or latitudes are also called ‘horse latitudes’. 
  • These are the regions of divergence because winds from these areas blow towards equatorial and subpolar low-pressure belts.

The Sub-polar low-Pressure Belts:

  • The sub-polar low-pressure belts extend between 45°N and the Arctic Circle in the northern hemisphere and between 45°S and the Antarctic Circle in the southern hemisphere. 
  • They are known as the North sub-polar low and the South sub-polar low-pressure belts respectively. 
  • Winds coming from the sub-tropical and the polar high belts converge here to produce cyclonic storms or low-pressure conditions. 
  • This zone of convergence is also known as polar front.  

The Polar High-Pressure Belts:

  • In polar regions, sun never shines vertically. 
  • Sun rays are always slanting here resulting in low temperatures. 
  • Because of low temperature, air compresses and its density increases. Hence, high pressure is found here. 
  • In northern hemisphere the belt is called the North polar high-pressure belt while it is known as the South polar high pressure belt in the southern hemisphere. 
  • Winds from these belts blow towards sub-polar low pressure belts.

Pressure belts also shift northwards and southwards with the shift of thermal equator (commonly known as the belt of highest temperature). 

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