What are the main features of the Indian desert?

The Indian desert lies towards the western margins of the Aravali Hills. The main features of the Indian desert are:

  • It is an undulating sandy plain covered with sand dunes. 
  • This region receives very low rainfall below 150 mm per year. 
  • It has arid climate with low vegetation cover. 
  • Streams appear during the rainy season. Soon after they disappear into the sand as they do not have enough water to reach the sea.
  • Barchans (crescent-shaped dunes) cover larger areas but longitudinal dunes become more prominent near the Indo-Pakistan boundary.

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