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Deserts

Terms in relation to a type of cimate that has high average temperature, low average annual rainfall, and very few vegetation.

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Deserts

Playa

Natural environment; Deserts

A very flat, dry lake bed of hard, mud-cracked clay.

Semiarid

Natural environment; Deserts

Receiving between 10 and 20 inches of precipitation annually.

Syncline

Natural environment; Deserts

An arched fold in the shape of a U.

Mesa

Natural environment; Deserts

Broad, flat-topped hill rounded by cliffs and capped with a resistant rock layer.

Monocline

Natural environment; Deserts

An open, step-like fold in rock over a large area.

Pediment

Natural environment; Deserts

A gently sloping surface, usually covered with gravel, the result of erosion.

Plate tectonics

Natural environment; Deserts

The theory that the earth's surface is divided into a few large, thick plates that are continually moving.

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