Hilly Sands

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Hilly Sands

 

sands that accumulate in the form of round or oblong mounds near shrubs. Two types of hilly sands are distinguished: loose drifting sands (“heaped sands,” or chagyl), which form around shrubs of the genus Nitraria (up to 1 .5 m high), and consolidated mounds (Turkmen tommok, Uzbek chokolak) that are found near bushes of the genus Tamarix (10-14 m high). Hilly sands are particularly widespread in the deserts of Central Asia, primarily along the bottom margins of foothill plains, in areas of fresh and brackish groundwater deposits (at a depth of 3-5 m). The term “hilly sands” was formerly applied to all relief forms of semiovergrown sands.

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