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What are the doldrums?

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2017-12-10 12:13:20

The Doldrums (often capitalized when referring to the

geographic region) is an area of the atlantic-ocean, the

pacific-ocean and the indian-ocean affected by the

convergence-zone, a low-pressure area around the equator where the

prevailing-winds are calm. The low pressure is caused by the heat

at the equator, which makes the air rise and travel north and south

high in the atmosphere, until it subsides again in the

horse-latitude. Some of that air returns to the Doldrums through

the trade-wind. This process can lead to light or variable winds

and more severe weather, in the form of heavy squalls,

thunderstorms and hurricanes.

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2017-03-19 13:07:00

The doldrums is a colloquial expression derived from

historical maritime usage, which refers to those parts of the

Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean affected by the Intertropical

Convergence Zone, a low-pressure area around the equator where the

prevailing winds are calm. Ships would once get stuck in this area

because their sails would just flap and they couldn't sail on. The

word has also come to mean a certain mood where you're depressed

because you feel you're just not getting anywhere.

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