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The ground conditions relevant to construction in deserts are controlled to a great extent by geomorphological processes of landscape development acting on the extant geology and topography. Thus, examining the geomorphological ‘process–response’ system forms the basis for understanding the desert landscape and natural hazards to safe and economic construction (Chapter 4). Within the geomorphological systems, the balance between erosion, transportation and deposition caused by wind, water and gravity, linked to soil moisture deficit and the prevalence of salt compounds, is instrumental in creating distinctive morphological forms. In addition to contemporary geomorphological processes, the extent and location of desert...

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