semidesert


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semidesert

[¦sem·i′dez·ərt]
(ecology)
An area intermediate in character and often located between a desert and a grassland or woodland.
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The range of the steppe lemming in Mongolia is fragmented in several isolates; one of which (Uvs depression, north-western Mongolia) is associated with lowland semidesert. On the contrary, populations of Mongolian Altai region (such as the one examined here) are only found in mountain dry steppes at the altitudes of 2000-3000 m, which suggests their recent origin due to an altitudinal shift in response to aridification of Mongolia in Holocene.
Modeling studies of southern Great Plains grasslands sites found that even though these plains grasslands were more resistant to droughts than semidesert grasslands, it was predicted that prolonged droughts would likely cause notable declines in native vegetation (Moran et al., 2014).
The vegetation around Summer Lake, Lake County (42[degrees]97'N, 120[degrees]78'W; 1264 m), represents a semidesert with only sparse grass and vegetation.
It usually inhabits desert and semidesert regions with various terrains, prefers hard substrate and scattered rocks, and avoids sand dunes [46-48].
As the $1.3bn development is rolled out in the remote semidesert, hard-pressed communities, towns, villages and hamlets will feel the effects of the sudden boom and wonder what the burst of economic activity will mean to them.
(127) The mission of making the continent productive was so emphatic that its legal geography, the settlement grid, swept over terrain that could not support nonirrigated farming, especially the semidesert of the Great Plains west of the Hundredth Meridian.
And finally, a non-uniform distribution (Miller, 1993; Miller and Reintjes, 1995; Marquard-Petersen, 2011a) may slow recolonization of vacant areas if nearby packs are absent in the impoverished polar desert or semidesert.
Generally speaking, it is a semidesert, ideal for ostrich breeding, for which the region is renowned, but making irrigation essential for growing vines and limiting their spread.
THREE OIL COMPANIES, Royal Dutch Shell, Falcon Oil Si Gas, and Bundu Oil & Gas, see massive opportunities in the exploration of natural gas trapped in the underground shale formations in the Karoo, a semidesert area in South Africa.
Search for samples were made in these urban areas in streets, houses, hospitals, irrigated parks, gardens and farms as well as from the surrounding semidesert areas.
Alongside the Mediterranean sea, there is a coast bordered by beaches and coves; in the middle of the Atlas, a zone of semidesert high plateaus; and the Sahara, its rock plateaus, its arid plains, its sand areas, the great Western erg, the great Eastern erg and its oases such as Zibans, the valley of M'Zab, Touat, and Gourara.