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Cold desert climate

Köppen Code: BWk
B : Arid
W : Desert
k : Cold


View Index of Climate Classification Types

Cold deserts have a mean annual temperature of less than 18 °C and no more than 200mm of precipitation annually.

Cold desert climates usually feature hot (or warm in a few instances), dry summers, though summers are not typically as hot as hot desert climates. Unlike hot desert climates, cold desert climates tend to feature cold, dry winters.

Related climatic classifications
BShHot semi-arid (steppe) climate
BSkCold semi-arid (steppe) climate
BWhHot deserts climate


A selection of mineral localities found in this climate zone.

Wind Mountain, Cornudas Mts, Otero Co., New Mexico, USA
Organ District, Organ Mts, Doña Ana Co., New Mexico, USA
Guanaco (Huanaco), Santa Catalina, Antofagasta Province, Antofagasta, Chile
Goodsprings District, Spring Mts, Clark Co., Nevada, USA
Yellow Pine Mine (Yellow Pine Lead Zinc Mine; Hilo; Radio; Como; Hermes), Goodsprings, Goodsprings District, Spring Mts, Clark Co., Nevada, USA
Zapot pegmatite, Gillis Range, Fitting District, Mineral Co., Nevada, USA
Inca de Oro, Chañaral Province, Atacama, Chile
El Rosario, Ensenada Municipality, Baja California, Mexico
Kilbourne Hole, Doña Ana Co., New Mexico, USA
Gobi Desert, Mongolia
Omaue Mine, Kaokoveld Plateau, Kunene Region, Namibia
Cerro Gordo District, Inyo Mts (Inyo Range), Inyo Co., California, USA
Cerros Pintados ("Cerro Pintados"), Pampa del Tamarugal, El Tamarugal Province, Tarapacá, Chile
Xitieshan Mine, Xitieshan, Da Qaidam Co. (Dachaidan Co.), Haixi, Qinghai, China
Khan Bogdo Massif (Khan-Bogdinskii), Gobi Desert, Mongolia
Emma Luisa Mine, Guanaco (Huanaco), Santa Catalina, Antofagasta Province, Antofagasta, Chile
Caracoles, Sierra Gorda District, Antofagasta Province, Antofagasta, Chile
Pinnacles Mine, Broken Hill district, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia
Saline Valley, Inyo Co., California, USA
Sierra de Umango, Villa Castelli, General Lamadrid department, La Rioja Province, Argentina
Ludlow (Stagg), San Bernardino Co., California, USA
Cerro Gordo Mine, Cerro Gordo, Cerro Gordo District, Inyo Mts (Inyo Range), Inyo Co., California, USA
Gold Hill District (Clifton District), Tooele Co., Utah, USA
Green Monster Mine, Shenandoah Peak (Shenandoah Mountain), Goodsprings District, Spring Mts, Clark Co., Nevada, USA
La Compañia Mine, Sierra Gorda District, Antofagasta Province, Antofagasta, Chile
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