desert soil


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desert soil

[¦dez·ərt ′sȯil]
(geology)
In early United States classification systems, a group of zonal soils that have a light-colored surface soil underlain by calcareous material and a hardpan.
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The main soil types are sierozems (Calcic-Orthic Aridosols), grey desert soils (Lithic Orthic Aridosols), and grey-brown desert soils (Alluvic Primosols) derived from diluvial-alluvial materials according to Chinese Soil Taxonomy.
Walvoord MA, Phillips FM, Stonestrom DA, Evans RD, Hartsough PC, Newman BD, Striegl RG (2003) A reservoir of nitrate beneath desert soils.
First, most of the desert soil is completely useless.
Equipped with thick legs and stout claws that let it burrow into desert soil to escape the heat, the tortoise is adapted to its harsh environment.
Panormos Bay, deeply penetrating the north coast of the island, is some way from the port, and its hillsides still retain much of their original character: arid, harsh and boulder strewn, with shrubby herbs gnawed almost down to desert soil by beasts that are checked only by stone walls that straggle over the landscape.
Once the crucial top layer of desert soil is disturbed, dust storms and gullies form more readily, more sediment runs off into reservoirs, and less vegetation is available for native animals to eat, says Kimball T.
Due to its proximity to Mediterranean Europe in the North, and the drier, more arid climate associated with the Western Sahara in the South, a wide range of agricultural produce can be cultivated in Morocco's diverse mix of grassy plains, sandy desert soil and rocky mountainous regions.
The zonal soils in both grass- and shrub-dominated areas were grey desert soil derived from colluvial--eluvial material according to Chinese Soil Taxonomy, which is equivalent to the Camborthid in terms of USDA Soil Taxonomy classification (Shapotou Desert Research Station 1980; Qiu et al.
Gaza is particularly vulnerable to groundwater contamination because its sandy desert soil easily absorbs water or sewage from leaking pipes that were damaged by the Israeli strikes.
It offered hints to ease gardening chores, suggestions on what to plant at certain times of the year and ideas on how to solve the problems of planting in the alkaline desert soil.
The researchers conclude that the microbes colonizing the lake derived from organisms transported on desert soil or marine aerosol particles and deposited on the ice cap.