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(belt, jet, band)
(apparent "horizontal" band in an atmosphere)

The term zone (or belt or jet or band) is used to designate the "horizontal" (east-west) stripes visible on planets such as Jupiter and Saturn, and similar phenomena on other planets. They can be a visible manifestation of a zonal flow, the results of cell wind patterns such as Hadley cells.

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Referenced by pages:
Hadley cell
intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ)
superrotating wind