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SW Asia: SW Asia: Climate and Climate and Vegetation Vegetation

21.2 - SW Asia Climate and Vegetation

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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.Thats 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 youll 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 theyre 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.
  • Theyre hot, uninhabited and nearly devoid of any flora or fauna

12. Dasht-e Kavir 13. Dasht-e Lut 14. 15. This is the Bonneville Salt Flat in Utah.