hyperarid


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hyperarid

(ˌhaɪpərˈærɪd)
adj
(Physical Geography) meteorol (of climate) extremely dry
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Scientists have long wondered whether microbes in the soil of this hyperarid environment, the most similar place on Earth to the Martian surface, are permanent residents or merely dying vestiges of life, blown in by the weather.
ENSO tropicalextratropical climate teleconnections and mechanisms for Holocene debris flows along the hyperarid coast of western South America (17[degrees]-24[degrees]S).
The Atacama Rover Astrobiology Drilling Studies (ARADS) project has just completed its first deployment after one month of fieldwork in the hyperarid core of the Atacama Desert, the "driest place on Earth.
We know from the study of extremophiles on Earth that life can not only survive, but thrive in conditions that are hyperarid, very saline or otherwise 'extreme' in comparison to what is habitable to a human.
2005) show that removing the Andes barrier does not have a significant impact on the amount of precipitation in the Atacama and therefore does not change the hyperarid character of the desert in their reduced topography simulations.
Hamdi-Aissa B, Valles V, Aventurier A, Ribolzi O (2004) Soils and brine geochemistry and mineralogy of hyperarid desert playa, Ouargla Basin, Algerian Sahara.
For the most part, the changes in Aboriginal settlement and social organisation through the long period from 50 to 10 ka are interpreted as environmentally forced responses to shifts from dry to less dry and then to hyperarid circumstances during the LGM.
We discuss the specific environmental conditions that led to the King Valley fire, show that remote-sensing can document effects of fire in a hyperarid environment, and evaluate effects of fire in relation to changes in communities of plants by comparing standard transects in burned and unburned communities.
Heating of intruding air masses over coastal deserts is not strong enough to destabilize the cold and dry air masses, thus resulting in an arid to hyperarid climate.
Presently, the long-term climatic prognosis is for a return to the hyperarid conditions of 18,000 to 12,000 years ago, when intertropical aridity was world-wide (Williams 1984, Whitford 2002).