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A takyr is a desert composed of clay, and they are usually located in low-lying areas of a desert. Takyrs originate as seasonal lakes, whereas during the summer, rivers bring water laden with silt and mud into the low-lying land, where the sediments are deposited. In the winters, the lake dries up. This repeated process eventually forms a takyr, also called a mud desert (Fig. 9).
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