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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Definition of Selected Desert Terms

Authors
item Zobeck, Teddy
item Upchurch, Dan

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: June 28, 1996
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Desert landscapes are formed by unique processes, resulting in a few common characteristic soil types. The unique properties of these soils effect the construction of buildings and roads as well as agricultural production in desert areas.

Technical Abstract: A series of soil related terms that have application to desert studies are defined. These definitions will be included in a comprehensive encyclopedia of deserts. Generally, the terms included in this manuscript cover the major soil types and the processes responsible for their formation in arid and semi-arid areas.

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