By: Kylie and Kayla
Located in Chile
40,541 square miles
Vary sparsely populated
Daily Temperature: from 0°C to 25°C
High atmospheric pressure over the Andes causes dry, cold air to condense and sink to Earth, this air having little to no water vapor. This air is heated by the sun, and creates high ground temperatures and low humidity.
The Atacama Desert is 50 times drier than Death Valley.
January is the warmest month, as well as the driest month, while February is the wettest month. August is the coolest month.
Usually gets about 1 millimeter of rain a year
Some locations in the desert have never had rain
Other locations haven't had rain for 40 million years
In 2015 it got almost 1 inch of rain
Due to being between the the Andes Mountains and Chilean Coast Mountain Range
It has high air pressure
The higher areas get some snow