Fundamentals of Physical Geography

2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536



Fundamentals of Physical Geography

2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

What conditions give rise to desert climates?

To determine

The conditions that give rise to desert climates.


The desert climates are found in two types of locations on the world. The first type for arid climates is located on the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn (23½°N and S latitudes), and then extends 10° to 15° poleward and equatorward. These regions are characterized by the most extensive areas of arid climates in the world. The deserts that are located in vicinity of two tropic lines are directly associated with the subtropical high-pressure systems. The air subsidence and divergence related to these high-pressure systems is the strongest along the western coasts of continents, where cold ocean currents aid in stabilizing the high-pressure systems...

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