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Is it possible to build a micro ecosystem in a desert place? Are there any kind of fungus or microspecies which can enrich the soil in dubai

Is it possible to plant a lot of trees and build a huge green community in Dubai, where they can form a micro ecosystem? I know the place is covered with desert. But is there a way in the long term to grow natural plants using integration of different technologies? They built palm island, so why not build a forest itself?

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  • Dec 26 2012: Ecosystems in arid or semi-arid regions comprise of vegatative islands separated by large areas of seeminly lifeless exposed soil. However, in these "empty" spaces, at least in natural settings, are communities of biological soil crusts (BSCs) that comprise of microorganisms within the top several inches to a foot of soil. It is these BSCs that aggregate soil particles and provide stability and protection from wind and water erosion. Such microecosystems can be maintained or generated using organic refuse, such as treated sewage or similar types of compost.If you are talking about the creation of an oasis of sorts, then this would be highly unsustainable and require massive amounts of water. If you can learn to live with the landscape, I suggest looking around the undisturbed deserts. You will be surprised at the quantity of life that exists.

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