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What Is Desert? About The Barren Landscape

WHAT IS DESERT – In this topic, we are going to know and learn about the barren landscape known as desert.

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It is, as mentioned, a barren area of landscape where little precipitation occurs and living conditions are hostile for plant and animal life.

The term, as well as its other cognates are all derived from the Latin dēsertum, which means ‘an abandoned place‘.

It also lacks vegetation also exposes the unprotected surface of the ground to the processes of denudation or the wearing of the Earth’s surface via moving water, ice, wind or waves.

Nearly a third of the Earth’s land surface is arid or semi-arid, which includes much of the polar regions, where little precipitation occurs, and which are sometimes called polar deserts or “cold deserts”.


Here are the following examples:

  • Namib in Africa
    • One of the oldest on the planet, it is situated happens to be one of the oldest on the planet – at least 55 million years. It is situated along the Atlantic coast of Africa in the countries of Namibia, Angola, and South Africa.
  • Atacama in South America
    • This is known as the ‘driest place on Earth’ since parts of it have never seen a drop of rain since records have been kept.
  • Sahara in Africa
    • It is the third largest on the planet and the largest hot one as well. It is primarily made of rocky hamada, or barren land with rocky plateaus.
  • Gobi in China and Mongolia
    • This landscape spread across parts of southern Mongolia and northwestern China and is known for its role in the Mongol Empire.

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