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The Rains Down in Africa

 According to Reddit user: casual_earth

Cool things to note:

The dryness in coastal Angola and Namibia is mostly associated with subsidence (atmospheric stability) due to the cool Benguela current and upwelling.

The dryness in Somalia and Kenya exists for several reasons. The two primary causes are a "robbery" of the Trade Winds by the Asian monsoon during northern hemisphere summer, and the large-scale Walker Circulation associated with the Indo-Pacific warm pool. A rainshadow is also created by the various Albertine rift mountains.

We can clearly see a split between the tropical rainforests of West Africa (Guinean forests) and the Congo Rainforest. This creates unique animal and plant communities.

Elevated rainfall on mountain peaks in East Africa are visible to a degree, but the map is too generalized to capture all of this variability.





Source: Reddit

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