Meaning of DESERT in English


Large, extremely dry area of land with fairly sparse vegetation.

It is one of the Earth's major types of ecosystems. Areas with a mean annual precipitation of 10 in. (250 mm) or less are generally considered deserts. They include the high-latitude circumpolar areas as well as the more familiar hot, arid regions of the low and mid-latitudes. Desert terrain may consist of rugged mountains, high plateaus, or plains; many occupy broad mountain-rimmed basins. Surface materials include bare bedrock, plains of gravel and boulders, and vast tracts of shifting sand. Wind-blown sands, commonly thought to be typical of deserts, make up only about 2% of North American deserts, 10% of the Sahara, and 30% of the Arabian desert.


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Arabian Desert

Atacama Desert

desert varnish

Gibson Desert

Gobi Desert

Great Sandy Desert

Great Victoria Desert

Kalahari Desert

Karakum Desert

Libyan Desert

Mojave Desert

Mohave Desert

Namib Desert

Nubian Desert

Painted Desert

Sonoran Desert

Syrian Desert

Thar Desert

Great Indian Desert

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