desert pavement


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desert pavement

[¦dez·ərt ′pāv·mənt]
(geology)
A mosaic of pebbles and large stones which accumulate as the finer dust and sand particles are blown away by the wind. Also known as desert crust.
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During the study, which is the first of its kind in the Middle East, members from Nasa (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and the Arab Youth Venture Foundation (AYVF) will research the surface transitions and microbial life from the sandy dunes and desert pavement (gravel surfaces) in areas of Al Ain and Al Gharbia (the Western Region).
The team of scientists will research the surface transitions and microbial life from the sandy dunes and desert pavement (gravel surfaces) in areas of Al Ain and Al Gharbia in the Western Region.
While in UAE, the research team plans to study the surface transitions and microbial life from the sandy dunes and desert pavement (gravel surfaces) in areas of Al Ain and Al Gharbia.
Embedded in the sun-darkened crust called desert pavement, the lines are practically invisible until Ramirez begins to describe them.
Despite the connotations of its name, desert pavement isn't robust.
Damage can happen in a moment, out me processes that sculpt desert pavement typically act slowly, taking centuries to generate a surface resistant to wind erosion.
On weathering, the silcrete forms a desert pavement known as "billy gibbers.
This layer is known as a desert pavement and by other different names in different deserts.
Fish Lake is on what we call desert pavement,'' Fred said.
They were created between 400 BC and AD 650 by the removal of reddish oxidised stones from the desert pavement to reveal the lighter sand beneath.
In these terms, the irreversible transformation of arid ecosystems into anthropic deserts is well documented in many of the world's arid areas, and shown by the cities buried under sand dunes along the Old Silk Road in northwestern China, the steppe grasslands in northern Africa that have become desert pavements, and the new dune fields in former croplands in the Sahel.
This process leads to the creation of desert pavements, the main cause of desertification.