Desert FAQs:

Q: Is a desert a barren area of landscape where little precipitation occurs and consequently living conditions are hostile for plant and animal life?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a desert farmed in the 7th century BC during the Iron Age to supply food for desert forts?

A: Yes.

Q: Are deserts similar?

A: Yes.

Q: Are deserts those parts of the Earth's surface that have insufficient vegetation cover to support a human population?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a desert generally thought of as a barren and empty landscape?

A: Yes.

Q: Are deserts increasingly seen as sources for solar energy?

A: Yes, and partly due to low amounts of cloud cover.

Q: Are deserts flat?

A: Yes, and stony plains where all the fine material has been blown away and the surface consists of a mosaic of smooth stones.

Q: Are deserts formed by weathering processes as large variations in temperature between day and night put strains on the rocks which consequently break in pieces?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a desert as?

A: Yes, and from the Global Deserts Outlook.

Q: Is a desert huge?

A: Yes, and the highest found on the globe.

Q: Are deserts normally cold?

A: Yes, or may be scorchingly hot by day and very cold by night as is true of the northeastern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Q: Are deserts regions which receive between 250 and 500 mm and when clad in grass?

A: Yes, and these are known as steppes.

Q: Is a desert sand?

A: Yes, and varying from only 2% in North America to 30% in Australia and over 45% in Central Asia.

Q: Is a desert an example?

A: Yes, and lying in the rain shadow of the Himalayas and receiving less than 38 mm precipitation annually.

Q: Are deserts a particular class of cold desert?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a desert of this type?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a desert a region of land that is very dry because it receives low amounts of precipitation?

A: Yes, and often has little coverage by plants, and in which streams dry up unless they are supplied by water from outside the area.

Q: Are deserts created by a rain shadow effect?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a desert covered in mirrors?

A: Yes, and including nine fields of solar collectors.

Q: Are deserts in basins with no drainage to the sea but some are crossed by exotic rivers sourced in mountain ranges or other high rainfall areas beyond their borders?

A: Yes.

Q: Are deserts arid places with a very high altitude?

A: Yes, the most prominent example is found north of the Himalayas, in the Kunlun Mountains and the Tibetan Plateau.

Q: Are deserts called xerocoles?

A: Yes.

Q: Are deserts interwoven with reflection, as is the case in Charles Montagu Doughty's major work, Travels in Arabia Deserta?

A: Yes, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry described both his flying and the desert in Wind, Sand and Stars and Gertrude Bell travelled extensively in the Arabian desert in the early part of the 20th century, becoming an expert on the subject, writing books and advising the British government on dealing with the Arabs.

Q: Was a desert often used in the sense of "unpopulated area", without specific reference to aridity?

A: Yes, but today the word is most often used in its climate-science sense. Phrases such as "desert island" and "Great American Desert" in previous centuries did not necessarily imply sand or aridity; their focus was the sparse population.

Q: Is a desert as presently in non-arid environments?

A: Yes, such as the Sandhills in Nebraska, are known as paleodeserts.

Q: Were deserts at one time the sites of shallow seas and others have had underlying hydrocarbon deposits transported to them by the movement of tectonic plates?

A: Yes.

Q: Are deserts far from the ocean and others are separated by mountain ranges from the sea and in both cases there is insufficient moisture in the air to cause much precipitation?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a desert the largest known accumulation of fossil water?

A: Yes.

Q: Are deserts sometimes classified as "hot" or "cold", "semiarid" or "coastal"?

A: Yes, The characteristics of hot deserts include high temperatures in summer; greater evaporation than precipitation usually exacerbated by high temperatures, strong winds and lack of cloud cover; considerable variation in the occurrence of precipitation, its intensity and distribution; and low humidity.

Q: Are deserts classed as BWh or BWk?

A: Yes, In the Thornthwaite climate classification system, deserts would be classified as arid megathermal climates.

Q: Are deserts found in Central Asia?

A: Yes.

Q: Are deserts also classified?

A: Yes, and according to their geographical location and dominant weather pattern, as trade wind, mid-latitude, rain shadow, coastal, monsoon, or polar deserts.

Q: Are deserts mostly found on the western edges of continental land masses in regions where cold currents approach the land or cold water upwellings rise from the ocean depths?

A: Yes.