Why is Somalia the only arid equatorial country?

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Inquisitive Farax

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Apr 28, 2013
 
If you look at a world map, all the countries that have the same latitude as Somalia are lush green tropical places (Venezuela, West Africa, Central Africa, Indonesia etc)... but Somalia is the oddball out with its desert and semi-arid regions with only tiny bits of jungle.

Can anybody here explain this?
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Apr 30, 2013
 
Somalia is arid because Ethiopia create a rain shadow. south Sudan is lush and so is Ethiopia but somalia dry and arid. Alslathers is a plate boundary pushing africa and the middle east apart. the afar depression is volcanically active and the land has salt flats and lava fields and sulfuric lakes so the afar are worst of than the Somali. also oman's dhoofar province it dry and arid 8 month out of the years but becomes lush for 4 month due to the monsoon rains but that doesn't happen is Yemen and somalia.

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