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Mixed Tropical and Arid Terrain of Piura Region, Peru

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April 30th, 2012 Category: Deserts

Peru - April 28th, 2012

This image focuses on Peru’s Piura Region, which has many climate variations due to its geographical location. It is just 4 degrees south of the equator, yet receives two ocean currents at the same time: the cold Humboldt Current and the warm El Niño Current. This makes the Piura Region a land that is both tropical and arid at the same time, as can be observed by the mix of desert and vegetated terrain in this image.

The coast is divided by the Peruvian subtropical desert of Sechura on the south and savanna-like scrub tropical-dry forests to the center and north of the region. There are also small valleys of tropical climate, where rice and coconut fields are common, especially around the Piura and Sullana rivers. Topography is smooth in the coast and rough in the Sierra. There are many arid plains in the southern region. The Sechura Desert, located south of the Piura River, is Peru’s largest desert and one of the world’s few examples of a tropical desert; it borders a tropical terrain to the north.

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