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  Kids.Net.Au - Encyclopedia > Desert climate
The desert is often composed of sand; it may also consist mainly of rocky terrain or salt flats.
In many other parts of the world deserts are created by the rain shadow effect[?] in which air masses lose some of their water whenever they move over a mountain range.
Gobi desert of Mongolia; Taklamakan[?] desert in China.
www.kids.net.au /encyclopedia-wiki/de/Desert_climate   (223 words)

 Desert Climate
Deserts are areas where the rainfall is too low to sustain any vegetation at all, or only very scanty scrub.
The rainfall in desert areas is less than 250 mm or 10 inches per year, and some years may experience no rainfall at all.
The hot deserts are situated in the subtropical climate zone where there is unbroken sunshine for the whole year due to the stable descending air and high pressure.
www.ace.mmu.ac.uk /eae/Climate/Older/Desert_Climate.html   (199 words)

 Midlatitude Desert Climate
The midlatitude desert climate is controlled by the same factors as the tropical desert climates, the influence of high pressure, interior position, and rain shadow location.
The midlatitude desert climate is found in the Great Basin of the United States.
The southwest desert of the United States serves as a source region for cT air only during the summer because it is too cold to produce such an air mass during the winter.
www.uwsp.edu /geO/faculty/ritter/geog101/textbook/climate_systems/midlatitude_desert.html   (462 words)

 Oxfam's Cool Planet - On the Line - deserts - climate - printable version
Sometimes an area of desert will be without rain for years and then, seemingly for no reason at all, a few large storms will provide enough rain in a short period to bring the average annual rainfall back to normal.
Where deserts are to be found close to the sea, fogs often occur in the early mornings as a result of cold sea water meeting warm air.
Deserts often experience high winds which, coupled with the sand and dust particles which are typical of most deserts, leads to the formation of the distinctive desert landscape.
www.oxfam.org.uk /coolplanet/ontheline/explore/nature/deserts/prtclimate.htm   (429 words)

 BBC - Weather Centre - Features - Weather Basics - Desert Climate Zone
Deserts experience some of the world's highest temperatures but perhaps more suprisingly they also undergo some of the greatest temperature contrasts to be found on the planet.
Deserts occur when the annual rainfall is less than about 25 centimetres (10 inches), though some deserts are colder and drier than others.
Deserts are not simply a result of harsh climatic conditions, though this is a certainly a large factor.
www.bbc.co.uk /weather/features/weatherbasics/zones_desert.shtml   (582 words)

 the Living Africa: the land - Sahara Desert - Climate
For the past 2,000 years, the climate of the Sahara has remained quite consistent, except for a period of time in the 16th and 18th century when there was a "Little Ice Age" in Europe.
The Sahara's climate consists of basically two sub-climates, a dry subtropical climate in the north and a dry tropical climate in the south.
The climate of the southern tropical region of the Sahara is dictated by a stable continental air mass and an unstable marine air mass.
library.thinkquest.org /16645/the%5Fland/saha_cl.shtml   (444 words)

 Desert Biomes
A cold desert is a desert that has snow in the winter instead of just dropping a few degrees in temperature like they would in a Hot and Dry Desert.
Hot and Dry Deserts temperature ranges from 20 to 25° C. The extreme maximum temperature for Hot Desert ranges from 43.5 to 49° C. Cold Deserts temperature in winter ranges from -2 to 4° C and in the summer 21 to 26° C a year
Hot and Dry Deserts are warm throughout the fall and spring seasons and very hot during the summer.
www.blueplanetbiomes.org /desert.htm   (554 words)

 Global Deserts Outlook
When the desert surface is cold, moisture blown from the sea condenses and generates winter rains; when the surface is warm, the moisture drawn into the atmosphere from various sources condenses to generate summer rains.
Desert soils are relatively poor in organic carbon and much richer in soil inorganic carbon, in the form of "secondary carbonates" - carbonate minerals precipitated from the calcareous soil solution rather than inherited from the soil parent material (Monger and Martínez-Ríos 2000).
These deserts are also not likely to act as a significant source driven by land degradation, because the turnover rate of the large desert sink of inorganic soil carbon is too slow to generate significant CO2 emissions.
www.unep.org /geo/GDOutlook/045.asp   (2133 words)

 Desert Climate   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The description of this awesome biome climate is quite odd, but also as it is odd, it is also very interesting.
Dry Desert climates are formed by high-pressure zones in which cold air descends.
Plants of the Dry Desert have adapted to the lack of water by using dew for moisture and taking in water through their leaves and stems.
www.blueplanetbiomes.org /desert_climate.htm   (233 words)

 Friends of Saguaro National Park - About Saguaro National Park: Deserts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
One of the main determining factors for a desert is that the average annual precipitation of the area is usually ten inches or less.
Deserts in the temperate zones meet most of the criteria associated with the true deserts of the tropical zones, including heat.
The Sonoran Desert is one of the major deserts of the American Desert.
www.friendsofsaguaro.org /deserts.html   (2670 words)

 Desert by Jim Cornish
Climate is the characteristic condition of the atmosphere near the earth's surface at a certain place on earth.
Climate is the weather of a place averaged over a length of time.
These varied climates include the bitter cold of the polar north; the hot, dry desert environment of the center and southwest; and the hot, humid conditions of the tropical south.
www.cdli.ca /CITE/desert_climate.htm   (550 words)

 How Plants Cope with the Desert Climate
Their strange appearance is a result of their remarkable adaptations to the challenges of the desert climate.
Aridity is the sole factor that defines a desert and is the primary limitation to which desert organisms must adapt.
All cacti are succulents, as are such non-cactus desert dwellers as agave, aloe, elephant trees, and many euphorbias.
www.desertmuseum.org /programs/succulents_adaptation.html   (1123 words)

 The educational encyclopedia, biomes deserts, deserts of the world
Deserts: geology and resources deserts are natural laboratories in which to study the interactions of wind and sometimes water on the arid surfaces of planets.
Desert plants the undisputed king of the San Felipe desert is the Cardón cactus.
Types of deserts deserts are classified by their geographical location and dominant weather pattern as trade wind, midlatitude, rain shadow, coastal, monsoon, or polar deserts.
www.educypedia.be /education/biomesdesert.htm   (748 words)

Deserts have a varied species of animals that have adapted to the harsh climate of the desert.
The climate controls for this region are latitude because they are positioned near the equator.
There is a shortage of precipitation in the desert receiving less than 25 centimeters a year, receiving the least rain in the spring & summer.
ths.sps.lane.edu /biomes/desert3/desert3.html   (1030 words)

 Climate Change Blog: Amazon at Climate Caused Desert Tipping Point
New research by the highly respected Woods Hole Research Centre reported upon in the UK's Independent has concluded that the vast Amazon rainforest is on the brink of becoming a desert, with catastrophic consequences for the world's climate.
Long predicted climate change impacts such as intensified hurricanes, heatwaves and extreme droughts are already evident.
This scenario of climate change destroying already human-diminished Amazonian ecosystems is a long feared positive feedback nightmare that would cause even further warming and drought.
www.climateark.org /blog/2006/07/amazon_at_climate_caused_deser.asp   (1562 words)

 Morocco- Climate
Morocco is dominated by the Mediterranean climate made temperate by the influence of the Atlantic Ocean in the northern and southern parts of the country.
The Atlas region is moist with frequent snow falls.In the South, it's the desert climate.
As far as the climate goes, it would be better to visit the south - or at least the desert routes - outside midsummer, when for most of the day it's far too hot for casual exploration, especially if you're dependent on public transport.
www.angelfire.com /ok5/morocco/climate.htm   (284 words)

 Earth Floor: Biomes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
As with all biomes, the desert climate is determined by geographic conditions.
Deserts may occur along the coast such as the Atacama and Namib deserts or in the interior of continents such as the Great Basin and Australian deserts, which are far from any source of water.
Coastal deserts are located on west coasts of continents between 20° to 30° latitude.
www.cotf.edu /ete/modules/msese/earthsysflr/desert.html   (342 words)

 Las Vegas SUN: Nothing to sneeze at: Desert climate triggers allergic reactions for many residents
Christensen, a native of California who worked in Arizona before coming to Southern Nevada in 1990, said allergic reactions in a desert climate can be triggered by a change of temperature, humidity, dust or pollens.
Most likely, desert pollens such as sagebrush and rabbit bush, growing at the 5,000-foot elevation or higher, could trigger some allergies in people enjoying the outdoors.
The desert monitor recorded 1,371 grains per cubic yard of air on Aug. 15, compared with no trace of either olive or mulberry trees and no more than 7 grains of pine pollens in the valley's air.
www.lasvegassun.com /sunbin/stories/lv-other/2004/aug/23/517387920.html   (948 words)

 Climate. Geography of Mexico. Mexico for Kids.
Climate is the most frequent state of the atmosphere anywhere in Mexico and the world.
This climate occurs mostly in the Lacandon Jungle in Chiapas.
The polar climate of perpetual ice is the coldest on the planet and only occurs at the poles.
www.elbalero.gob.mx /pages_kids/geography/climate_kids.html   (422 words)

Deserts by bodies of water are usually caused by winds.
The Desert plants are of great importance to the animals of the desert.
If you are ever stuck in the desert without water, some cactuses, like the barrel or compass (a cactus that always leans to the south west) have water inside of them.
ths.sps.lane.edu /biomes/desert4/desert4.html   (911 words)

 Climate of Nepal, Nepal climate, Tour in Nepal, Cultural tour, Trekking in Nepal
All the climatic zones of the world are to be found within the small compass of Nepal- from tropical jungles of the Terai to the ice-clad Himalayan Giants and the desert-like, high valleys of the inner Himalayas.
The climates and the seasons are influenced by two principles factors: the first is the gigantic Himalayan wall running from east to west, varying in elevation from 16,000 to 29,000 feet and forming a mighty climatic barrier between central Asia and the Indian continent.
The Himalayas present such as impenetrable barrier to the monsoon those extreme differences both in climate and vegetation are found to the north and south of the main ridge.
www.nepaltrips.com /nepal/climate.html   (430 words)

 Tucson, Arizona - DesertUSA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
It is situated in a high desert valley surrounded by 4 mountain ranges: the Santa Catalinas to the north, the Rincons to the east, the Santa Ritas to the south and the Tucsons to the west.
Low humidity and universal air-conditioning make even high summer temperatures bearable, which average a high of 98 F and an low of 70 F. March-April and October-November are when the temperatures are at their most pleasant with average highs of 80 F in April and 84 F in October.
Tucson's growth was further stimulated by the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1880, the discovery of silver at nearby Tombstone and copper at Bisbee and irrigation developments.
www.desertusa.com /Cities/az/az_tucson.html   (663 words)

 In a Desert Climate 01 - Topics - ArchitectureWeek Online Library
Architects practicing in wealthy countries are becoming increasingly aware that our resources are finite and that if climate change goes unchecked, we could face a much warmer, harsher environment.
The durable, low-cost, nontoxic, highly insulating, pest-resistant, and potentially structural material is especially practical in hot arid climates.
The ancient fort, the oldest in Rajasthan, rises above a maze of streets, squares, palaces, and clusters of dwellings, all in the local golden yellow sandstone.
www.architectureweek.com /topics/desert-01.html   (609 words)

 Eastern Mojave Climate - B
If we assume that the annual cycle of the seasons dominates the climate of a location, and that temperature and precipitation are two key indicators of climate, perhaps a simple chart relating those two variables can be a reliable indicator of climate.
The climate diagram for Mountain Pass, shown at left, shows that the climate there is very similar to Mitchell Caverns, except slightly colder winters.
Walter, H. Climatic diagrams as a means to comprehend the various climatic types for ecological and agricultural purposes.
www.schweich.com /climateB.html   (2492 words)

 Terrestrial Ecoregions -- Sonoran desert (NA1310)
In Mexico, the desert stretches south to encompass much of the state of Sonora, as well as the eastern shore of Baja California to the town of Loreto.
Climate is subtropical dry near the Gulf of California.
The Mexican portion was mapped according to INEGI (1996) vegetation maps, from which we lumped "desert vegetation", "microphyll desert matorral", "sacrocaulous matorral", and all enclose agriculture.
www.worldwildlife.org /wildworld/profiles/terrestrial/na/na1310_full.html   (2237 words)

 How Plants Cope with the Desert Climate
They are often swollen, spiny, and have tiny leaves that are rarely bright green.
Desert plants have developed three main adaptive strategies: succulence, drought tolerance and drought avoidance.
Some plants that do not normally shed their leaves have resinous coatings that retard water loss (e.g., creosote bush).
www.desertmuseum.org /members/sonorensis/week1.php   (1122 words)

 Desert Climate   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The author vaguely remembers the desert hikes he has taken in perfect weather.
climate charts, which I have taken from the outstanding site www.wrcc.sage.dri.edu/climsum.html.
The climate charts are based on seven sites, which are shown on the index map above.
www.hikeidaho.com /desertbk/bukintro/diclim/diclim.html   (304 words)

 Gale Schools - Environment - Biomes - Desert - Climate   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
A record air temperature of 136.4°F (62.6°C) was measured in the Sahara Desert on September 13, 1922, and that was in the shade!
Rainfall also varies from desert to desert and from year to year.
The driest deserts may receive no rainfall for several years, or as much as 17 inches (430 millimeters) in a single year.
www.galeschools.com /environment/biomes/desert/climate.htm   (326 words)

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