Xeric Subtype

Moderately dry Earthlike world

Xeric World Cenote)
Image from Steve Bowers
Cenote, a xeric world with limestone caves, indicating a wetter past

Gaian Type world in which water covers 10 to 25% of the surface. A continental climate prevails, dominated by arid conditions. Though the poles may be cold, precipitation is rare. The oceans may be quite saline. Life may be common. See also TundralXeric, HyperXeric, AreanXeric subtypes.

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Text by John M. Dollan in his Planet Classification List
Initially published on 13 December 2001.