Many scientists agree that chaparral exists in only five different spots in the world. These locations are the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of South America, in western North America, from southwestern Oregon through California to Baja, California, southwestern Australia, central Chile, and the coastal regions around much of the Mediterranean Sea. Chaparral can also be found in the mountains of central Arizona and scattered through the Parque Nacional de Doņana in Spain. These two places are not mentioned with the other five, because some scientists do not believe that they are the chaparral.
There are two very high atmospheric rings in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. These rings lie between the latitude of 30° and 35° and produce hot, dry weather. Both the Sahara Desert and the Kalahari Desert in Africa lie on these rings. The chaparral of South Africa lies between the cool south Atlantic Ocean and the southern belt. The Mediterranean chaparral is located between the cool, lush climate of central Europe and the northern belt. All other chaparral regions grow north of the northern belt or south of the southern belt.