Definition of semiarid
: characterized by light rainfall; especially : having from about 10 to 20 inches (25 to 51 centimeters) of annual precipitation
semiaridityplay \-ə-ˈri-də-tē, -a-ˈri-\ noun
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Most of Niger’s population is concentrated in the south, in a semiarid band known as the Sahel, which runs across Africa.
The lower reaches run through the Gran Chaco—a hot, semiarid lowland also known as the Chaco Plain—and form a 518-mile (834-kilometer) international border between Argentina and Paraguay.
High on Bolivia’s semiarid Andean plains at more than 12,000 feet and subject to climatic whims, the shallow saline lake has dried up before only to rebound to a size twice the area of Los Angeles.
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