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f\V & «* ** & W Region of rain shadow Dry air Sea Evaporation from compression
and warming Figure 18.4 Rain shadow causes deserts on the downwind side of
mountain ranges. Prevailing winds are from left to right.
Many dry regions have supported marginally successful agriculture and
moderate human populations in the past but are being degraded into barren
deserts today by overgrazing and overpopulation. The expansion of barren
deserts into ...
Such regions are found primarily in belts of descending air at 30° North and
South latitude. Arid regions also may be due to the rain shadow of a mountain
range, great distance from the sea, and proximity to a cold ocean current.
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