Title

Desert

Document Type

Other

Date of this Version

1994

Publication Source

Encyclopædia Iranica

Volume

7

Issue

3

Start Page

321

Last Page

331

Abstract

DESERT (Pers. bīābān; kavīr; lūt; see below), area of low precipitation that supports little vegetation and lacks surface water. Secondary characteristics typically include poor soils, salinity, high winds, and extreme temperatures, accompanied by high rates of erosion and sand accumulation. Global wind patterns maintain these conditions in zones that encircle the earth in the subtropical latitudes, both north and south of the equator.

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Date Posted: 12 December 2016