desert soil

noun

Definition of 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 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 Most research has shown that livestock grazing, particularly when poorly managed, is detrimental to ecosystems with limited forage and the sensitive biocrusts that make up desert soil. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, 7 Oct. 2020 Water poured into ponds that were carved into the permeable desert soil in places along the CAP Canal, from Tonopah to the Pima Mine Road recharge facility south of Tucson. AZCentral.com, 5 Dec. 2019 The research institute also breeds food crops like quinoa that flourish in salty, desert soils. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2019 The problems stem from corrosive desert soil, Schwecke said. Sammy Roth, latimes.com, 11 July 2019 Those results were bolstered by others showing that different kinds of bacteria and fungi were present in different layers of desert soil. The Economist, 1 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of desert soil

circa 1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Desert soil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/desert%20soil. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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