What is desert?

  • (verb): Desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army.
    Synonyms: defect
    See also — Additional definitions below


A desert is a landscape or region that receives an extremely low amount of precipitation, less than enough to support growth of most plants. Most deserts have an average annual precipitation of less than 400 millimetres (16 in). A common definition distinguishes between true deserts, which receive less than 250 millimetres (10 in) of average annual precipitation, and semideserts or steppes, which receive between 250 millimetres (10 in) and 400 to 500 millimetres (16 to 20 in).

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List Of Deserts - Americas - South America
... Atacama – a desert in Chile and Peru, the driest place on Earth La Guajira Desert – a desert in northern Colombia and Venezuela Monte Desert – in Argentina, a smaller desert above the Patagonian Desert ...
... Today, it is destination for tourists who are interested in seeing the desert, and a starting point for desert treks by camel, motorcycle, or four-wheel-d ... Festival of the Sahara, a four-day celebration of traditional desert culture ... racing of horses and salugis (a type of dog, similar to a greyhound, native to the North African desert.) Douz is home to the Museum of the Sahara, which showcases displays on ...
Bob Lazar - Desert Blast Festival
... Lazar and long time friend Gene Huff run Desert Blast, an annual festival for "explodaholics" in the Nevada desert ... in 1987, but only formally named in 1991, the name was inspired by Desert Storm) ...
Deserts On Other Planets
... Mars is the only planet in the solar system on which deserts have been identified ... of circumpolar sand more than 5 million km² in area, much larger than deserts on Earth ... The Martian deserts principally consist of dunes in the form of half-moon in flat areas near the permanent polar ice caps in the north of the planet ...
Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl Of Shaftesbury - Philanthropic Interests - 4 Deserts Race: Atacama Desert
... In March 2011, the earl finished his second 4 Desert race in the Atacama Desert of Chile, considered the driest place on earth ... recipient of the Spirit Award, presented by 4 Desert and Racing the Planet officials ... of this race, he is qualified to participate in the final marathon, The Last Desert, to be held in Antarctica in November 2012 ...

More definitions of "desert":

  • (noun): An arid region with little or no vegetation.
  • (adj): Located in a dismal or remote area; desolate.
    Example: "A desert island"
    Synonyms: godforsaken, waste, wild

Famous quotes containing the word desert:

    Is there any religion but this, to know, that, wherever in the wide desert of being, the holy sentiment we cherish has opened into a flower, it blooms for me? If none sees it, I see it; I am aware, if I alone, of the greatness of the fact. Whilst it blooms, I will keep sabbath or holy time, and suspend my gloom, and my folly and jokes.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    We black men seem the sole oasis of simple faith and reverence in a dusty desert of dollars and smartness.
    —W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt)

    Three people marooned on a desert island would soon reinvent politics.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)