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desert

a terrestrial environment in which there is poor soil, climatic extremes of high and low temperatures and low rainfall, and consequently a scarcity of living organisms, all of which must be specially adapted. See XEROPHYTE, METABOLIC WATER.
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Thar and other arid regions are a potentially productive area not only rich in biodiversity but also mineral wealth.
Considering discard the theory of climax and rangeland succession model in recent years especially in arid regions and shrub lands, the new theory known as the state and transition model is taken into consideration by natural sciences and environmental specialistsb in the world.
In an arid region of the world water plays a significant role, often symbolizing the life that God gives.
Moreover, there was encroachment of mission lands and water resources so important in an arid region.
"The public interest community raised concerns about how unparalleled growth would effect an arid region, but they were just shoved under the rug at the NAFTA negotiations," says Mary E.
TWO windmills which help to provide water to an arid region of Africa have been installed by the Rotary Club in Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Since the 1920s, when this arid region in the southernmost tip of Texas was first transformed into the orchards and farmlands of the "Magic Valley," workers of Mexican descent have worked the land.
James Pick conducts a methodologically rich analysis of the demographics of the arid region composed by the border of the United States and Mexico.
COUNTRYSIDE: In the March/April issue, Jamie Jackson asked how the water was collected in the arid region of South America.
In 1918 Soviet planners decreed that Central Asia, an arid region, would provide the new union with cotton, a water-intensive crop, thus unleashing one of the worst ecological disasters created by man.
Included are relatively well-known species like the bristlecone pine, a symbol of this arid region; of it, Lanner says, "Adversity begets longevity.' Also included are some surprises, like the canyon maples that, Lanner asserts, put on a show of fall color that New England would not be ashamed of; the photographs seem to bear him out.