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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Science(all)
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)