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James Petersen
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2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
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Why might vegetation differ on the windward and leeward sides of an island?

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The reason for the difference in vegetation on the windward and leeward sides of an island.

Explanation

The air becomes warm as it rises and blows over a water body, it takes up a lot of moisture with it. Such moisture laden air, on reaching the windward side of a mountain, gets blocked by the mountain because of which the air condenses and sheds the moisture it carried along with it. Thus, the windward side of a mountain receives plentiful rainfall that supports the growth of diverse vegetation...

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