Middle East #2.docx - Middle East#2 A Deluge of Deserts Middle East homogeneous factors o Its dry and arid How big is this region o Roughly the same

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Middle East #2 A Deluge of Deserts Middle East homogeneous factors o It’s dry and arid How big is this region? o Roughly the same size as the contiguous United States o But if North Africa is included, the entire contiguous USA would fit in it o Morocco to Iran = 5-6,000 miles long Desert = less than 250 mm of precipitation per year, or 10 inches Semi-arid = 250-500 mm of precipitation per year, or 10-20 inches o Mediterranean climates o Sicily, Southern Spain, Southern California o The Sahel—region where the Sahara Desert meets the African savannas Middle East is 80% desert o If including semi-arid it’s about 90% o About 1/3 of the land surface of the planet is classified as arid or semi-arid As a general rule, if a place is getting less than 10 inches of precipitation, it is not enough to support plant life General rule, if less than half the area is covered with any vegetation, it is probably a desert Once you get over 250 mm of precipitation, a place can get more vegetation If 80% of the entire region cannot support a lot of plant life, it cannot sustain any sort of crops There are both hot and cold deserts o Including Antarctica which is the biggest desert on Earth The Sahara Desert is the 2 nd biggest desert on Earth and the largest hot desert Dasht-E Kavir and the Dasht-E lut are 23 rd and 24 th
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