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(1) Die Klimate der Erde: Grundriss der Klimakunde (2) Die geopsychischen Erscheinungen: Wetter und Klima, Boden und Landschaft in ihrem Einfluss auf das Seelenleben

Nature volume 114, pages 4445 (12 July 1924) | Download Citation



DEEPLY rooted in the human mind is the instinct to collect “specimens,” to classify them and to arrange them in museums. Prof. Koppen is the exponent of this instinct in the domain of climatology; his specimens are data of temperature and rainfall. Some, years ago he laid down his system of classification, and now he has completed and arranged his collection. “The Climates of the Earth” (1) is a handbook and guide to the Museum of Climatology. After a general introduction dealing along the usual lines with the objects and methods of the study of climate and the factors which govern the distribution of the climatic elements, we have a full account of the system of classification and notation, followed by generalised and then by more local descriptions of the different types. Finally there are sixty-nine pages of “specimens,” namely, the mean and extreme temperatures, the rainfall, and in some cases the cloudiness and humidity for more than a thousand stations.

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