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desert click to hear : desert

Hot region where aridity (less than 100 mm of annual rainfall) is such that plant and animal life is almost nonexistent.
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saline lake oasis palm grove wadi mesa rocky desert sandy desert needle butte

saline lake click to hear : saline lake

Lake characterized by high salt content due to considerable water evaporation and the concentration of dissolved mineral salts.

oasis click to hear : oasis

Desert zone made fertile by the presence of underground or surface water.

palm grove click to hear : palm grove

Zone where palm trees are planted.

wadi click to hear : wadi

Often dry watercourse that is subject to sudden flooding in the event of rain.

mesa click to hear : mesa

Isolated plateau with a flat summit and very steep sides; it features a layer of rock that is resistant to erosion.

rocky desert click to hear : rocky desert

Most common type of desert, where rock fragments fracture due to temperature variations between night and day.

sandy desert click to hear : sandy desert

Desert where minuscule grains of rock (sand) form dunes by wind action.

needle click to hear : needle

Tapering pointed column of rock shaped by the wind.

butte click to hear : butte

Rocky hill shaped by erosion, with steep sides and a flat summit; it is smaller in area than a mesa.