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rain shadow

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An area having relatively little precipitation due to the effect of a barrier, such as a mountain range, that causes the prevailing winds to lose their moisture before reaching it.

rain shadow

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(Physical Geography) the relatively dry area on the leeward side of high ground in the path of rain-bearing winds
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Noun1.rain shadow - an area that has little precipitation because some barrier causes the winds to lose their moisture before reaching it
area, country - a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country"
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The project aims at a reduction in the agricultural vulnerability of farmers in water stressed rainshadow zones through promotion of appropriate cropping system, rainwater harvesting and recycling, appropriate irrigation and water saving facilities
Works discussed include The Secret River, Remembering Babylon, The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow, The Tall Man, and Carpentaria.
Hartley, 2003: The central Andean west-slope rainshadow and its potential contribution to the origin of hyper-aridity in the Atacama Desert.
The Hot Zone: A Rainshadow Novel is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a never-before-published romance novel by Jayne Ann Krentz (writing as Jayne Castle).
Stories about the first encounters between Europeans and Aborigines are omnipresent in works by Australian authors, Thea Astley (A Kindness Cup, 1974; The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow, 1996), Thomas Keneally (The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, 1972) and David Malouf (Remembering Babylon, 1993) being three well-known examples, although the list could be never-ending.
The region is characterized by lower-than-average rainfall due to the rainshadow effect of the Alleghenies (Core, 1966), with an average of 89.
The AHI and BI sites, on the other hand, are more arid because of a rainshadow effect and greater anticyclonic activity, respectively; as a result, [[delta].
Locally, because some stations occurred in the rainshadow of small coastal mountains (Sierra Vallejo: stations 98, 102, 103, 104, 107; Sierra Zapotan: station 106), and regionally, because north of ca.
Houston J, Hartley AJ (2003) The central andean west-slope rainshadow and its potencial contribution to the origino f hyper-aridity in the Atacama Desert.
The rainshadow effect during more localized processes of mountain building or block faulting probably also led to the formation of refugia or barrier zones in some regions, thus contributing to the faunal differentiation.