desert climate

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Synonyms: arid climate, climat aride

Desert climate, also known as an arid climate, is a climate that does not meet the criteria to be classified as a polar climate, and in which precipitation is too low to sustain any vegetation at all, or at most a very scanty scrub. An area that features this climate usually (but not always) experiences less than 250 mm (10 inches) per year of precipitation and in some years may experience no precipitation at all. In some instances an area may experience more than 250 mm of precipitation annually, but is still considered a desert climate because the region loses more water via evapotranspiration than falls as precipitation. (hydrol-earth-syst-sci. net)

Related terms:
equatorial climate, savanna climate, desertsA wide, open, comparatively barren tract of land with few forms of life and little rainfall. (MGH)

Broader terms:
climate types

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