Yasuni Natonal Park, where the equator meets the Andes, is famed for its fabulous variety of plants and animals.
An orbit near the equator was important for a variety of reasons.
Those storms kicked up in the collision zone around the equator spin westward off the coast of Cape Verde.
And yet the trees are cultivated in every country within 15 degrees of the equator, so a virtual cocoa belt encircles the globe.
In theory it rises in the east and sets in the west; but in reality it only behaves so on or very near the equator.
Aunt Jane approached a degree nearer the equator, and said, gently, "I fear I do."
Ptolemy assumed that a degree at the equator was 500 stadia instead of 604 stadia in length.
I may almost say their temperature would be the same at the equator as the Pole.
Plants and animals spreading towards the equator would not be affected in the same way as others spreading from it.
And he tells you that the earth south of the equator makes the inferior man.
late 14c., from Medieval Latin aequator diei et noctis "equalizer of day and night" (when the sun is on the celestial equator, twice annually, day and night are of equal length), agent noun from Latin aequare "make equal" (see equate). Sense of "celestial equator" is earliest, extension to "terrestrial line midway between the poles" first recorded in English 1610s.