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Biological Soil Crusts: Webs of Life in the Desert

Desert soil is actually a crust of living things that help control erosion, retain precious water, and contribute organic matter and nutrients to keep the soil alive. Because the crust is very thin, a single footprint can crush the life out of the system, and recovery can take lifetimes.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-03-05 19:40:48
Description Desert soil is actually a crust of living things that help control erosion, retain precious water, and contribute organic matter and nutrients to keep the soil alive. Because the crust is very thin, a single footprint can crush the life out of the system, and recovery can take lifetimes.
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Source United States Geological Survey
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Date Of Record Creation 2009-03-05 19:32:45
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Date Last Modified 2009-03-05 19:40:48
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-03-05 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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