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Unformatted text preview: BWh & BSh: Tropical Desert & Tropical Steppe Location : centered on ~ 20 - 30 N & S: n Mexico, sw U.S.; Atacama, Sahara & the Sahel, Namib, Kalahari, Saudi Arabia, central & western Australia Characteristics : very low precip.; high Ts, hottest on earth * highest T's ever recorded on earth (136F in Libya) Mechanisms : * dominated by STH cells all year BWk & BSk: Mid-latitude Desert & Steppe Location : poleward of BSh & BWh areas; Great Basin and Great Plains(U.S.); Patagonia(Argentina), central Turkey to central Asia, Takla Makan(sw China) Gobi desert area (Mongolia/nw China) Characteristics : hot summers, BUT cool to cold winters Mechanisms : Rainshadow effect: Great Basic and Great Plains, Patagonia, Russian Steppe *...
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- Spring '08