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Antipodes (from the Greek anti, opposite, and podes, feet), a geographical term used to describe the relative positions of any two points on the surface of the globe so situated that a line drawn from the one to the other through the earth's centre forms a true diameter. The North Pole, for instance, is antipodal to the South Pole, and a small island in the Pacific (lat. 49° 32' S., long. 178° E.) is antipodal to London. Such places have the same climate so far as that depends on latitude alone, but their hours and seasons are completely reversed. When it is midday at the one it is midnight at the other, and the midwinter of one coincides with the midsummer of the other. In a vague manner Australia and New Zealand are spoken of as our antipodes.