Review Weather-7

How hot does an area have to be to be classified as a desert?


Deserts are defined by lack of precipitation, not by temperature. They are areas where precipitation minus evaporation yields less than 10 inches of rain per year. The largest desert on Earth is in Antarctica, a very cold place.

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SC.5.E.7.6 Describe characteristics (temperature and precipitation) of different climate zones as they relate to latitude, elevation, and proximity to bodies of water.


UT.4.V.1.c Locate examples of areas that have characteristics of wetlands, forests, or deserts in Utah.