cold-water desert

cold-water desert

[¦kōld ‚wȯd·ər ′dez·ərt]
(geography)
An arid, often foggy region characterized by sparse precipitation because incoming airstreams are cooled over an offshore coastal current and deposit rain over the sea.
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