Takir (soil)

Takir (soil)

Takir (Takyr) ( _ru. Такыр, originally from Kazakh or another Turkic language) is atype of relief occurring in the deserts of Central Asia, similar to a playa in the south-western United States.

A takyr is usually formed in a shallow depressed area with a heavy clay soil, which is submerged by water after seasonal rains. After the water evaporates, a dried crust with fissures forms on the surface. The crust is primarily formed by cyanobacteria.

Further reading

* Jayne Belnap, Otto Ludwig Lange. "Biological Soil Crusts: Structure, Function, and Management". Springer, 2001, ISBN 3540437576. Page 90, Chapter 7.5, "Central Asia Takyr".


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