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Sunday, 8 April 2018

The rainfed and rain shadow areas are the characteristics of

  By GK Planet Team       Sunday, 8 April 2018
Q. The rainfed and rain shadow areas are the characteristics of
  1. Cyclonic rainfall
  2. Conventional rainfall
  3. Orographic rainfall
  4. Thermal rainfall
Answer: C
The rainfed and rain shadow areas are the characteristics of orographic rainfall.

Orographic Rainfall

Orographic or relief rainfall is caused when masses of air pushed by wind are forced up the side of elevated land formations, such as large mountains. The lift of the air up the side of the mountain results in adiabatic cooling, and ultimately condensation and precipitation. In mountainous parts of the world subjected to relatively consistent winds (for example, the trade winds), a more moist climate usually prevails on the windward side of a mountain than on the leeward (downwind) side. Moisture is removed by orographic lift, leaving drier air (see Foehn) on the descending (generally warming), leeward side where a rain shadow is observed.
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