Chapter 19: Deserts and Winds

Concept #1 Quiz

Choose the best possible answer to the following questions about Key Concept 1 "Distribution and causes of 'deserts'."


1. Deserts are found _________.  

2. Deserts and steppes cover about how much of the Earth’s land masses? [Hint]

3. How are “deserts” and “steppes” related? Choose the two correct responses. [Hint]

4. Which of the following is TRUE about “deserts”?  


Identify each of the indicated general climatic types (based on aridity) by selecting the correct response.  

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6. What causes “low-latitude” deserts to form?  

7. Which of the following does NOT apply to why deserts are found on the landward side (the side away from the ocean) of tall mountains like the Rockies of North America or the Andes of South America?  

8. Which of the following is NOT true about desert lands? [Hint]

9. How are mid-latitude deserts and “plate tectonics” related?  

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