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A hamada (Arabic, حمادة ḥammāda) is a type of desert landscape consisting of largely barren, hard, rocky plateaus, with very little sand. A hamada may sometimes also be called a reg (pronounced "rej"), though this more properly refers to a stony plain rather than a highland.

Hamadas exist in contrast to ergs, which are large areas of shifting sand dunes.

The world's largest hamada is the Hamada du Draamarker, in the northwest Sahara desert, between Moroccomarker, Algeriamarker and Western Saharamarker. Hamada areas form 70% of the Sahara desert.

References

  1. Geological dictionary, definition of a hamada.
  2. Geological dictionary, definition of reg.
  3. Geological dictionary, definition of erg.
  4. McKnight, Tom L. and Darrel Hess. Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation, 8th ed., pp. 495-6. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc. 2005. (ISBN 0-13-145139-1)


See also

Desert pavement


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