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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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The entire National Park belongs to the Mediterranean Region and has a typical Mediterranean climate, with pronounced summer drought that can last up to 9-12 months, depending on the year, particularly in the southeast low desertic and thermic zones (West Almeria District).
The areas from western part of Karachi to Sonmiani extending westward up to eastern part of Hingol Ormara the area between Pasni and Gwadar the area between western part of Gwadar and Jiwani the coastal-deltaic region and the Thar Desertic areas of southeastern Sindh province have been identified for detailed wind potential study.
The landscapes are divided into five--namely, the montane (kurinci), the pastoral (mullai), the desertic (paalai), the riverine (marutam), and the littoral (neytal).
The natural environment presented itself in most of the cases as desertic, arid, often quite compartmented, with large seasonal and daily temperature swings, frequently at extremely high levels.