desert soil


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 The research institute also breeds food crops like quinoa that flourish in salty, desert soils. Washington Post, "Why Making Seawater Drinkable Doesn’t Thrill Everyone," 8 Mar. 2019 The problems stem from corrosive desert soil, Schwecke said. Sammy Roth,, "After Aliso Canyon, a gas pipeline exploded — and Californians lost $1 billion," 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, "Waiting for rainLife clings on in the driest corners of the Earth," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of desert soil

circa 1938, in the meaning defined above

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18 Nov 2019

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“Desert soil.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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