polar desert


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polar desert

[′pō·lər ′dez·ərt]
(geography)
A high-latitude desert where the existing moisture is frozen in ice sheets and is thus unavailable for plant growth. Also known as arctic desert.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Indoors, and out-of-doors, the awful silence of the Polar desert reigns, for the moment, undisturbed.
Some of the deserts of the world explored in this book include the following: Sahara Desert, Mojave Desert, Kalahari Desert, Great Sandy Desert, Atacama Desert, Namib Desert, Gobi Desert, Patagonian Desert, Arctic Polar Desert, and Antarctic Polar Desert.
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he southward movement of rain bands associated with a warmer climate in the high-latitude southern hemisphere made the margins of Antarctica less like a polar desert, and more like present-day Iceland," Lee said.
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The Hazen Fault Zone, just north of the lake, receives intense solar radiation and the lake enhances this effect so the area around Lake Hazen is a thermal oasis in an other wise polar desert. As a result, Lake Hazen is home to an unusual abundance of plants and wildlife for some where this far north.
This first-person account describes many intriguing aspects of Conlan's work in the polar desert of Antarctica.