Rain Shadow Effect

The Pacific northwest is a good example of the rain shadow effect. Wet winds sweep in from the ocean, are pushed up by the mountains, and drop all their rain. Land in the shadow of the mountains remains dry.

This effect can be seen elsewhere in the world. Here we see a green area, where the westerly winds are pushed up by the high ground. Land to the east is dry.

The rain shadow effect in Egypt

The rain shadow effect in Egypt

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