12th November 2019


Why the Atacama Desert is so dry?

First, this desert is located in the "rain shadow" between two mountain ranges, the Andes and the Chilean Coast Range. Second, winds called the Pacific Anticyclone flow through this area. Those winds blow dry air into the Atacama Desert. This cold ocean current cools the air above it.

Also to know is, what is the name of the driest desert in the world?

Desierto de Atacama

Is the Atacama Desert the driest place on Earth?

The Atacama Desert is commonly known as the driest nonpolar place in the world, especially the surroundings of the abandoned Yungay town (in Antofagasta Region, Chile).

Why is the Atacama desert so important?

Another important reason is that the Andes Range runs along the Atacama Desert, acting as a formidable natural barrier from the moisture of the Amazon; the rain shadow effect. The windward side of a mountain range is moist and lush because of this precipitation.
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