desert soil


: a soil that develops under sparse shrub vegetation in warm to cool arid climates with a light-colored surface soil usually underlain by calcareous material and a hardpan layer

Examples of desert soil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The parched desert soil couldn’t absorb the excessive rainfall fast enough, which triggered flash flooding. Mary Gilbert, CNN, 25 Oct. 2023 Arizona’s highways funnel rainfall into ditches and thus soften desert soils for pocket gophers, whose tunnels parallel the shoulder like subway lines. Ben Goldfarb, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 In fact, desert soil will be added to the concrete mix used for construction so that the structures mimic the color and texture of a traditional abode. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 22 Mar. 2023 Biocrust restoration recovers and accelerates the growth of microbial communities that are naturally present in desert soils, and creates a living layer that protects soil from wind erosion. The Arizona Republic, 17 Mar. 2023 Often, the species came from incredibly specialized habitats like arid desert soils in Namibia, the alkaline Lake Natron in Chad, rock crevices in South Africa, or polluted brooks in Switzerland. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 2 Mar. 2023 Gone, too, were their monumental four-story buildings, ball courts and villages, buried by the very desert soil that once sustained them. Jim Robbins, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Feb. 2023 Hunters shot them up and the stuff soaked 15 feet down into the desert soil. Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Other times, the group reaches the bottom of a ravine to discover an unexpected oasis, cool trickles of water feeding palm trees that sprout out of the desert soil. Jason H. Harper, Robb Report, 14 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of desert soil was circa 1938

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“Desert soil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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