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  1. lag deposit
  2. Butte
  3. saltation
  4. desertification
  5. surface load
  6. playa
  7. alluvial fan
  8. dry wash
  9. desert
  10. rain shadow
  11. talus apron
  12. chimney
  13. cliff retreat
  14. desert pavement
  15. ventifact
  16. inselberg
  17. suspended load
  18. deflation
  19. desert varnish
  20. pediment
  21. mesa
  1. a A large, flat-topped hill (with a surface area of several square kilometers) in an arid region.
  2. b The inland side of a mountain range, which is arid because the mountains block rain clouds from reaching the area.
  3. c The channel of an ephemeral stream when empty of water.
  4. d A dark, rusty-brown coating of iron oxide and magnesium oxide that accumulates on the surface of rock in an arid environment.
  5. e An isolated mountain or hill in a desert landscape created by progressive cliff retreat, so that the hill is surrounded by a pediment or an alluvial fan.
  6. f The movement of a sediment in which grains bounce along their substrate, knocking other grains into the water column (or air) in the process.
  7. g A medium-sized, flat-topped hill in an arid region.
  8. h A wedge-shaped pile of rock fragments that accumulates at the base of a cliff.
  9. i Sediment that rolls or bounces in wind along the ground surface.
  10. j (1) A conduit in a magma chamber in the shape of a long vertical pipe through which magma rises and erupts at the surface; (2) an isolated column of strata in an arid region.
  11. k The process of transforming nondesert areas into desert.
  12. l Tiny solid grains carried along by a stream without settling to the floor of the channel.
  13. m The flat, typically salty lake bed that remains when all the water evaporates in drier times; forms in desert regions.
  14. n A desert rock whose surface has been faceted by the wind.
  15. o A gently sloping apron of sediment dropped by an ephemeral stream at the base of a mountain in arid or semi-arid regions.
  16. p The broad, nearly horizontal bedrock surface at the base of a retreating desert cliff.
  17. q The change in the position of a cliff face caused by erosion.
  18. r A mosaic-like stone surface forming the ground in a desert.
  19. s A surface accumulation of coarser sediment that forms where wind has blown away finer sediment.
  20. t The process of lowering the land surface by wind abrasion.
  21. u A region so arid that it contains no permanent streams except for those that bring water in from elsewhere, and has very sparse vegetation cover.