Vol 5 Life in the Desert ... Introduction ... Continentality
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Some deserts are found thousands of miles from oceans, including the Gobi desert of Asia.
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Continental deserts are far from the world’s oceans and the distance from water means that moist winds do not reach these desert areas. Continental deserts are also usually surrounded by mountains which remove moisture from the winds by the ‘rain shadow effect’ described on the next page.

Continental deserts are the vast deserts of Central Asia, and include the Gobi desert and the Takla Makan desert of western China. These deserts are often further away from the equator than the deserts caused by high pressure zones.