A rain shadow is an area on the side of a mountain which is protected from rain fall and prevailing winds, resulting in relatively dry conditions.
The following locations are examples of dry, rain shadow regions and the mountain ranges that shield them:
The Gobi Desert lies in the rain shadow of the Himmalayas.
The Atacama Desert lies in the rain shadow of the Andes.
The Patagonia region lies in the rain shadow of the Andes.
Death Valley lies in the rain shadow of the Pacific Coast Ranges of California and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The city of Spokane in the state of Washington lies in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountain Range (Spokane receives little rainfall). Seattle, Washington lies on the windward side of the Cascades (it receives generous amounts of rainfall)
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