Comparison between desert landscapes and glacial landscapes
by Mary Kargar
There are many different types of geological land features, desert landscapes and glacial landscapes are just two of them.
Both of these types of areas have extreme weather conditions. While glacial regions are extremely cold desert regions can be extremely hot. Deserts however can become cold at night or be cold almost all the time like the Atacama Desert which is off the coast of Peru.
Deserts do not get much precipitation; the amount they get is not enough to support growth of most plants you see in other places. Deserts usually receive less than 10 inches of rainfall a year.
Glaciers provide water for many streams and lakes from their runoff. Glaciers themselves contain about 69% of the worlds freshwater.
Glacial areas were created by water freezing, lack of evaporation and the slow movement of glaciers to form the areas in which they are now.But Lack of rainfall, wind erosion and evaporation rate are the processes in which create these desert regions.