Beneath it, the jagged cliffs of the Shield Wall shone like parched icing through a dust haze.
A certain amount of plant cover had to be set aside to hold dunes in place; a certain amount for foodstuffs (both human and animal); a certain amount to lock moisture in root systems and to feed water out into surrounding parched areas.
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Nothing will grow in this parched soil.
Cactus is about all that will grow in this parched soil.