Cracked mud, Mojave Desert, USA

Cracked mud, Mojave Desert, USA

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Credit: BERNHARD EDMAIER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mudcracks, or desiccation cracks, develop when wet clay soils and sediments dry out and contract in the desert sun. Mud cracks are generally polygonal. They are connected in a network. Photographed in the Mojave Desert, California, USA.

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Keywords: arid, aridness, california, contraction, crack, cracks, desert floor, desert soil, desiccation, drought, earth, environment, geography, geological, geology, mojave desert, mudcrack, mudcracks, nature, network, polygonal pattern, sediment, usa, water shortage

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