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Desert Word Match

Desert vocabulary - match terms and definitions.

ArroyoA dry desert gully.
BlowoutA depression in the land surface caused by wind erosion.
ButteA narrow flat-topped hill of resistant rock with very steep sides. Probably formerly a mesa.
DesertReceiving less than 10 inches of precipitation annually.
DunesMounds of loose sand grains shaped up by the wind.
HogbackAn eroded, steeply tilted ridge of resistant rocks with equal slopes on the sides.
LoessA deposit of windblown sand and clay weakly cemented by calcite.
MesaBroad, flat-topped hill rounded by cliffs and capped with a resistant rock layer.
PlayaA very flat, dry lake bed of hard, mud-cracked clay.
MonoclineAn open, step-like fold in rock over a large area.
PedimentA gently sloping surface, usually covered with gravel, the result of erosion.
SemiaridReceiving between 10 and 20 inches of precipitation annually.

Nancy Loeffel

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