Description: Extreme climates (like the Atacama desert) can be used as phenomenon in a unit on weather and climate. The specific location of the desert (in a two-sided rain shadow near the Tropic of Capricorn) has created the arid environment. The average rainfall is 1/2 inch per year but many areas have received no rain for several years. Other phenomenon could include the "_____ Place on Earth" where the blank could represent a variety of weather conditions like Coldest, Hottest, Wettest, Windiest, etc.
Web Resources: Atacama Desert - Wikipedia