110-03 Low Desert Soil


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I appreciate the time and effort given to my request for materials to create a desert scene based in So Cal. Excellent service.

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Low Desert Soil

The Low Desert Soil is a common name for any desert in California. They are under 2,000 feet (609.6m) in altitude. These areas include the Colorado Desert and Yua Desert. These areas are distinguished in biogeography. This is adjacent to the northern High Desert. Low desert soils are soils found in these deserts.

Low desert soils are mostly sandy soil (90–95%). It has a low content of nitrogen and organic matter. They also have high calcium carbonate and phosphate. This making it infertile. The amount of calcium is 10 times higher in the lower layer than in the topsoil. As a result, they have a lot of nitrogen in the form of nitrates. This is use fertilizer and proper irrigation. In addition to the already-present phosphates. This makes it useful in growing crops. Such as barley, rape, cotton, wheat, millets, maize, and pulses. This soil is susceptible to wind erosion and supports a low density of the population. The soils come in all different textures and can be deposited by wind or water. The average annual precipitation ranges between 10 and 14 inches. Vegetation is characterized by western wheat, blue grama, sideoats grama, and Winterfest.


Since low desert soils are dry and support little vegetation. It may seem that desert soils are unfit for agriculture. However, some desert soils support shrubs. Goats and sheep enjoy for a browse (eating). High desert soils may support some grasses. Especially after rain that animals can graze. Additionally, desert soils are used by ranchers. It may take 50 to 75 acres (20 to 30 hectares) to feed one cow or a few goats or sheep. California’s Central Valley desert soils produce more than 250 types of fruits and vegetables.


Additional information

Weight 11.5 oz
Dimensions 4.2 × 2.7 × .85 in

Bag, LBS