Desert - Formation of Hot Deserts

Formation of Hot Deserts

There are four main, interlinked causes of hot deserts:

  • The formation of the subtropical high-pressure cell.
  • The rain shadow effect in the belt of easterly trade winds.
  • The effect of the cold currents off the west coast of the continents at these latitudes.
  • The depositing sands of a desert along its border into the fertile land

Hot deserts (like cold deserts) may result in average temperature cooling because they reflect more of the incoming light (their albedo is higher than that of water or forests).

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