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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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FIGURE 15.15 The floors of most bolsons contain large playas, which only occasionally hold water.

What evidence suggests that the playa in this photo is partially wet?

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The evidence that suggests that the playa in the photo is partially wet.

Explanation

Playas can be defined as the depositional landform of fine grained bed formed by an ephemeral lake. They usually associate with bolsons which are the closed depressions in a desert. They are formed when it rains in the depression or as a result of surface runoff.

Sometimes, the playas are covered with water. It occurs due to many reasons. It may be either due to large rainfall or snowmelt events or wet seasons or when surface runoff from adjacent highlands is sufficient to reach the lowest point in the basin or when the groundwater zone is very close to the surface in the lowest part of the basin...

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