Which among the following is / are rain shadow deserts?
1. Death Valley (United States)
2. Gobi Desert, Asia
3. Atacama Desert
Choose the correct option from the codes given below:

Answer: [D] 1, 2 & 3

  • Death Valley, in the U.S. states of California and Nevada, is a rain shadow desert. Death Valley, the lowest and driest place in North America, is in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
  • Gobi is a rain shadow desert formed by the Himalaya range blocking rain-carrying clouds from the Indian Ocean from reaching the Gobi territory.
  • Atacama is a coastal desert as well as rain shadow desert. Atacama is located in the “rain shadow” between two mountain ranges, the Andes and the Chilean Coast Range.


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