Desert rock coatings

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Desert landforms are characterized by an abundance of 'bare' rock and mineral surfaces. Mountains host widespread exposures of bedrock. Gravel desert pavements cap alluvial terraces and fans. Even sand dunes are themselves composed of rock fragments exposed to the atmosphere without substantive plant cover. This chapter focuses on an irony, that the supposed fundamental bare-rock nature of desert landforms stretches the truth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeomorphology of Desert Environments
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages34
ISBN (Print)9781402057182
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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