Q:

What kind of soil is in the desert?

A:

Quick Answer

Depending upon the type of desert, soils range from coarse and rocky to fine and salty. Typically, deserts are divided into four categories: arid, semiarid, coastal and cold.

Know More
What kind of soil is in the desert?
Credit: Horst Mahr Getty Images

Full Answer

Arid deserts are warm to very hot year-round and receive little precipitation. These deserts include the Mohave, the Great Basin and the Sahara. Their soil is shallow and gravelly and provides good drainage. Semiarid deserts are found in North America, Europe and Asia. Temperatures in these deserts do not get as high as in arid areas. Soil in some semiarid deserts is rocky, while in others it is sandy. Chile's Atacama Desert is an example of a coastal desert. The soil is fine, porous and fairly salty. Cold deserts, such as ones in Greenland and Antarctica, have soil that is heavy, fine and salty.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What is the soil type for a coral reef?

    A:

    According to the non-profit project Coral Science, coral reefs are not lodged in soil. The rocky substance in which they are fixed is made by the corals themselves. They live in colonies made of many polyps that build skeletons from the underside of their skin.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What causes soil to becom acidic?

    A:

    There are four principal contributors to acidic soil: rainfall and leaching, the decomposition of organic materials, the introduction of high-acidity materials into the soil and the harvest of abundantly yielding crops. The more time that passes, the more likely a soil becomes acidic and the less easily plants grow. One way the acidity of soil can be neutralized is to add lime to the soil.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the difference between soil and regolith?

    A:

    While regolith is a layer of loose, uncompacted dirt, dust and rocks sitting on top of bedrock, soil is the portion of the regolith that is able to support plant life. Soil contains organic matter, liquids and minerals, while most of the other layers of the regolith do not.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is soil texture?

    A:

    According to Colorado State University Extension, soil texture is defined by the size of the particles that make up the soil. Soil texture typically is categorized into three types: sand, silt and clayey.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore