In some areas, mountains block rain, so that one side of a mountain range may be rainy and the other side may be a desert. Many of the deserts of the world are formed because of the lack of moisture blocked by the mountains; for instance the Gabi desert is located behind the Himalaya mountain range in Asia.
Yes, mountains affect the movement of the air, and make a big impact on where moisture is distributed in the air, and on the ground (as rain). This is because they can block “heavier” clouds that are very “full” of condensation. It is in this way, that mountains can trigger rainstorms. Of course, this also plays a part in erosion as well because wherever rain falls, erosion is happening.
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