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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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Extraction of bulk DNA from Thar Desert soils for optimization of PCR-DGGE based microbial community analysis.
Though, it is hard to estimate SOM content of desert soil precisely when it is less than 2%.
Water and temperature stress resisting abilities of the bacterial strains from the Thar Desert soil proposes the further extension of the study at broad spectrum in finding more variable and highly resisting strains.
Improved establishment and development of three cactus species inoculated with Azospirillum brasilense transplanted into disturbed urban desert soil. Canadian Journal of Microbiology 45:441-451.
Foot traffic damages fragile desert soils. On occasion, desperate migrants will light signal fires to attract rescue: These fires often spread, as happened recently near milepost 66 of Route 85.
My now-overtaxed mind filled with but one question: "Would we be pulled down, into the high thick sage and plow into the desert soil, stopping instantly?" The Cessna 206 screamed and clawed for altitude.
Most of the customers are people who grow their own food organically in the High Desert soil. They have built up their sandy or sandy loamy soil so it is rich, good earth, teeming with earthworms and those beneficial "unseen garden helpers" for growing their vegetables.
But there were those who had another vision, a vision of a Jewish state that would shelter its children, defend its sacred homeland, turn its desert soil green and reaffirm the principles of freedom and democracy.
As early as 300 BC, the dry desert soil began yielding crops from the Hohokam people, who spent centuries developing a complex system of irrigation canals, only to mysteriously abandon them around 1450 AD.
So the predominant colours are influenced by desert soil pigments.
At the spot where his son was killed, Suarez gathered a bag of desert soil, which he would take home to California and mix with Mexican soil and American soil and plant a tree in honor of his "guerrero Azteca" - his Aztec warrior - and "in honor of all the boys and the Iraqi victims of the war."
Entombed 1.8 meters (6 feet) beneath dry desert soil, the mummies are remarkably well-preserved.