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May 5, 2011

Geology Word of the Week: W is for Wadi (وادي‎ )

A Wadi, Oman, January 2009. def. Wadi ( وادي): ‎1. An Arabic word meaning “valley.”2. A valley or canyon– usually in an arid part of the world such as the Middle East– that contains an ephemeral streambed, which generally fills with water only after heavy rainfall. In Arabic the word “wadi” means “valley.” However, in the Middle East and North Africa– where Arabic is spoken– the climate is arid, and …

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