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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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FIGURE 7.19 Intense rainfall in arid regions can cause flash floods like this one in the Chihuahuan Desert of west Texas.

(a) The leading edge of the flash flood going down a previously dry channel. (b) Looking upstream about two minutes later.

What factors could cause floodwaters to rise so rapidly in a desert environment?

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The factors that could cause floodwaters to rise so rapidly in a desert environment.

Explanation

Though the actual quantity of water vapor in the atmosphere may be high in many desert regions, the relative humidity is low in the daytime and high pressure is likely to dominate. It results in unpredictable and uneven precipitation. If precipitation does occur, it might happen in a massive cloudburst, which can cause flash floods. The desert environment is typically a hard surface ground and covered with a salt layer. Hence, water runs off more easily than penetrating the ground during flash floods...

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