Majestic landscapes. Endless plains. Where a lack of rain combines with cold winters. On the wrong side of mountains, or thousands of miles from the ocean. One such place is the driest on our planet. The unlikely centre of the largest land empire in history. And the only world climate to spawn a popular genre of fiction. These are the cool deserts of Planet Earth.
The eighth episode in a unique series exploring all the major climate zones of the world that focuses in full high-definition video on real places in each climate zone. In this geography documentary we show this part of the world in its full beauty, and uncover the secrets of why it is that way and show you the influential lands and cities that lie within.
Found on every continent, this climate is home to the famous Atacama and Gobi deserts, as well as the iconic lands of the Western United States that gave birth to the Western fiction genre.
In North America, most of the inland western half of the USA is classed as a cool desert, including the states of Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. Within this area are the natural gems of the Grand Canyon and Arches and Zion National Parks.
In South America, the famous Atacama desert lies in the north of Chile and Western Bolivia, the driest place on earth, while further south, the endless parched plains of Patagonia in Argentina reach down almost to the Antarctic.
Cool arid or semi arid conditions also occur in parts of South Africa, Australia and Spain.
Most of the world's cool deserts, however, lie within the heart of Asia - from Iran and Afghanistan in the south, and up through the Central Asian Republics of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan where we find the extensive Karakum desert and the now mostly dried out Aral Sea. The Taklamakan desert of Western China is the second largest expanse of sand dunes in the world, while the most famous cool desert of all - the Gobi of Mongolia that gave birth to the world's largest land empire of Genghis Khan - completes our map of cool Asian deserts.
VIDEOGRAPHY AND PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS
EXTRA SPECIAL MENTION to Thomas Noisel for granting permission to use extensive footage of his excellent drone flights in the Atacama and Gobi deserts which appear throughout this video. More of Thomas's drone flights can be found in his YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRzFzMrebCld4Ujroac7GRw
SPECIAL THANKS ONCE MORE to Milosh Kitchovitch for the use of selected videos from his superb "Amazing Places on our Planet" YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/milosh9k
Excerpts from the following of Milosh's videos featured:
Atacama Desert - https://youtu.be/oo6FnJ5b-us & https://youtu.be/Om9QeURwvFk
Santa Fe, NM - https://youtu.be/AZqP7MRl0Qs
AND SPECIAL THANKS TO THESE AWESOME
SHARING AND CARING FOLKS IN THE CREATIVE COMMONS
Central Asian Republics:
Andrew McLeod - https://youtu.be/Kku-hrqL6B8 & https://youtu.be/ER7xpDOUacQ
Vrouw Op Reis - https://youtu.be/x3VNgaTjdso
Google - https://youtu.be/YBz_7qTNCQE
Jacinta Lluch Valero - https://flic.kr/p/hoP5wq
CC Jacinta Lluch Valero - https://flic.kr/p/hoQ5VZ
CC Mario Antonio Pena Zapatería - https://flic.kr/p/5jBwPh
Tehran and Iran:
Equitone - https://youtu.be/UEcaFtkT0Mc
Stan Caset - https://youtu.be/S-vZcTNWnrM
The RodTrip - https://youtu.be/QdIGC9QlSMk, https://youtu.be/pNBxh_xP84Y & https://youtu.be/E4Evbpu67oE
Mongolia and Ulanbaatar:
Medulla Oblongata - https://youtu.be/CrvctwDdedI & https://youtu.be/FitzDS62rII
Lauren Knapp - https://youtu.be/KU5Na9FiRz0
Guglielmo Biason - https://youtu.be/edswM0p0mkI
Shervin Shares https://youtu.be/Y2xxMfYhcik
Taklamakan Desert, China:
Prashant Ram - https://flic.kr/p/ewdYpr
Dmitry P - https://flic.kr/p/73H1up
David Bailey - https://flic.kr/p/9t7hAK
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