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View Poll Results: Calama or Turpan?
Calama, Chile 17 58.62%
Turpan, China 12 41.38%
Voters: 29. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-31-2013, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turpan...hy_and_climate

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calama...hy_and_Climate

Both desert climates, one with almost static seasonal variation but high diurnal variation; one with drastic seasonal variation but more moderate diurnal variation.

Which one would you pick?

I'll be interested to see the votes...

For me I'd go for Calama for greater livability, despite of the cold nights.
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Wellington and North of South
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Inadequate Wiki Calama data. mean rainfall is only 5.7mm, NOT 1.39". Sunshine would be in the 3000-3600 range. I'd pick Calama.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Dalby, Queensland
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I'll go for Turpan for having the extreme seasonal variation which would make the climate more interesting, although it is still very boring to me because of the lack of rainfall. The complete absence of warm nights in Calama would probably drive me crazy as well.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:18 PM
 
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I hate deserts, but if i have to choose one, Calama. It lacks the extreme heat of Turpan, making it more liveable.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:25 PM
 
Location: In transition
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Calama definitely... Turpan winters are way too cold!
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Germany
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Calama by far... Actually a pretty good desert climate... Summer temperatures are still a bit too warm, but for a desert climate it's still pretty comfortable, especially since it's combined with that low night-time temperatures. Turpan has 6 good months (Oct-Mar), but the rest is just horrible. And since their is no real snow, I can't really enjoy the colder winter-temperatures compared to Calama. Additionally, Calama has a little more precipitation, which is also an advantage.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Wellington and North of South
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Calama by far... Actually a pretty good desert climate... Summer temperatures are still a bit too warm, but for a desert climate it's still pretty comfortable, especially since it's combined with that low night-time temperatures. Turpan has 6 good months (Oct-Mar), but the rest is just horrible. And since their is no real snow, I can't really enjoy the colder winter-temperatures compared to Calama. Additionally, Calama has a little more precipitation, which is also an advantage.
No it doesn't - 5.7mm/year at Calama! Nowhere in Asia is as dry as the Atacama hyperdesert. Turpan appears to be around the 15mm mark.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Melbourne Australia
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Turpan easily. Calama is mind numbingly boring and cold nights year round.
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
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Turpan's a really weird climate -- I can't think of any other climate that combines such cold winters with such hot summers.

I would go with Calama for the year-round pleasant afternoon temps. Even though they have cold nights all year you're virtually guaranteed an enjoyable afternoon 365 days per year.
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Old 06-01-2013, 03:10 AM
 
Location: Wellington and North of South
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Turpan's a really weird climate -- I can't think of any other climate that combines such cold winters with such hot summers.

I would go with Calama for the year-round pleasant afternoon temps. Even though they have cold nights all year you're virtually guaranteed an enjoyable afternoon 365 days per year.
Plus a lot of sun - welcome sign used to say "Ciudad de sol y cobre". And the UV is stronger than one might think - I was there on a couple of April days and the sun's power had to be respected.
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