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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.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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And, a view from Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) encompases river Indus banked by another cold desert and mighty mountains behind making the scenery eye-catching .The strong gales at night here also a special feature.
Stryker crewmen looking to escape the cold desert night sometimes try to keep warm any way they can.
See the dunes of the cold desert: Don't stop at Leh.
That's why most of the places in GB receive less rainfall and are fall cold desert.
Kuchar wound up winning, 2 and 1, when Mahan removed the stocking cap he used to fight the cold desert air and conceded Kuchar a short birdie putt.
After grinding into rocks and sifting through dirt, Opportunity made one of the enduring finds on Mars: Signs abound of an ancient environment that was warmer and wetter than today's dusty, cold desert state.
This book may be his swan song: the last of the classic Western naturalists travels to perhaps the last place on earth inhabited but not controlled by humans: the cold desert plains of Tibet.
"My shelter had a fireplace for cold desert nights, and I had a battery-operated record player so I could listen to classical music.
"The somber reality is, however, that more will be needed, as the camps grow more crowded with vulnerable families and the cold desert winter approaches," he warned.
In the corner was a fireplace to keep it cosy and warm during those cold desert night.
He wore long pants, desert boots, and used a horsehide he found to stretch over his cot to keep the cold from creeping into his bones during the cold desert nights.
As the cold desert night began to climb all over me, I slipped into my camper, slid into my down sleeping bag and drifted off into a dream world that had visions of Coues bucks dancing throughout.