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Name: Haley
Status: student
Grade: 9-12
Location: NC
Country: USA
Date: Winter 2012-2013


Question:
What is the precipitation in Steppes and deserts (arid climate zones)?


Replies:
Haley

From this URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steppe

A Steppe is

“The mid-latitude steppes can be summarised by hot summers and cold winters, averaging 250–500 mm (10-20 inches) of precipitation per year. Precipitation level alone is not what defines a steppe climate, potential evapotranspiration must also be taken into account.”

This is a picture of a Steppe:

http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/wea00/da3933.jpg

From this URL:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert

A desert is a landscape or region that receives an extremely low amount of precipitation, less than enough to support growth of most plants. Most deserts have an average annual precipitation of less than 400 millimetres (16 in). A common definition distinguishes between true deserts, which receive less than 250 millimetres (10 in) of average annual precipitation, and semideserts or steppes, which receive between 250 millimetres (10 in) and 400 to 500 millimetres (16 to 20 in).

Here is a picture of a desert:

http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/wea00/da3843.jpg

Sincere regards, Mike Stewart


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