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21.2 - SW Asia Climate and Vegetation

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Climate and vegetation in SW Asia.

Climate and vegetation in SW Asia.


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  • 1. SW Asia: Climate and Vegetation
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    • The region is dry – most of it averages just 18 inches of rain per year.
    • Compare that with the 48 inches that Houston annually receives. That’s almost an extra three and a half feet of water.
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    • Deserts
    • Rub al-Khali
      • “ The Empty Quarter” or “The Place Where No One Comes Out”
      • This is a massive desert in the southeastern Arabian Peninsula and is about the size of Texas.
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      • Some of the sand dunes can reach 800 feet tall. The Empire State Building is 1,250 feet tall.
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    • An-Nafud Desert
      • North of Rub Al-Khali
    • Syrian Desert
      • North of An-Nafud
    • Negev Desert
      • Mainly located in Israel
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    • Sometimes you’ll get an oasis.
    • These are pockets of vegetation in the desert that are usually fed by underground springs.
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    • Salt Deserts
    • Not all deserts are just a bunch of sand. Sometimes they’re salt flats.
    • Salt flats develop when winds evaporate the moisture in the soil, but leave behind the salts that were in that water.
    • This is what happens in Iran when the mountains surrounding the country keep out rain.
    • Iran has two salt flat deserts: the Dasht-e Kavir in the central area and the Dasht-e Lut in the east.
    • They’re hot, uninhabited and nearly devoid of any flora or fauna
  • 12. Dasht-e Kavir
  • 13. Dasht-e Lut
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  • 15. This is the Bonneville Salt Flat in Utah.

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