Which are the climatic characteristics of the Gobi Desert?

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The Gobi Desert does not have the kind of climate that people usually associate with deserts.  We think that deserts are always hot, but the Gobi is not.  It is a cold, midlatitude desert.

It is cold because of two factors.  First, it is at a relatively high latitutde --...

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The Gobi Desert does not have the kind of climate that people usually associate with deserts.  We think that deserts are always hot, but the Gobi is not.  It is a cold, midlatitude desert.

It is cold because of two factors.  First, it is at a relatively high latitutde -- it's pretty far north.  Second, the Gobi is located on a large plateau that is mostly 3,000 to 5,000 feet above sea level.

Because of this, it does not typically get very hot -- about 65 Fahrenheit as a mean in the summer (although some places can get about 100).  And it can get very cold -- well below 0 Fahrenheit in the winter.

Much of the Gobi is also subjected to very strong winds.  Finally, there is very little precipitation in the Gobi -- from 2 to 8 inches annually.

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