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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536

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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

What are playas and why are they commonly found in desert bolsons?

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The definition of playas and provide reason for its presence in desert bolsons.

Explanation

The interior drainage basins of deserts that are surrounded by mountains are known as closed basins. They are also known as bolsons. Most of them are formed as a result of faulting that created basins between uplifted mountains. The lowest portions of the most bolsons are occupied by a landform called playa, which is a fine-grained bed of an ephemeral lake.

Sometimes, the playas are covered with water...

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