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

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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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