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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
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What are some ways climate and vegetation affect land-forms in the desert?

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The method in which climate and vegetation affects the landforms in the desert.

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The arid regions are typically dominated by landforms rather than vegetation. Deserts are characterized by sparse vegetation cover and low weathering rates due to precipitation and evaporation regimes of an arid climate, and the non-availability of water. As a result of low rates of weathering, insufficient vegetation that breaks the force of impacts from raindrop, and the absence of a wide root system of plant to hold rock fragments in place in a blanket of moisture retentive soil cannot accumulate on slopes. The soil becomes thin, rocky, and discontinuous. The unique characters of landforms in desert are given by the absence of a continuous cover of vegetation and soil.

In this type of conditions that are characterized by very limited interception and low permeability, the rain that falls in the desert quickly becomes surface runoff available to perform fluvial geomorphic work...

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