Natural resources of Déserts

Posted by Mapping Expert on 10 July 2019 in English (English)

My question I have decided to raise in two points:

  1. What natural characteristics can I place in Déserts in the space between the desert and the coast?
  2. What natural resources could benefit Déserts?

These questions I have found answers, but I am not sure if they can apply to my territory given the situation of the land. I await your opinions.

Mapping Expert

Location: -23.725, 113.472

Comment from Megacity2005Creator on 11 July 2019 at 00:48

I would say close to 30 parishes or boroughs, smaller along the coast, and a particularly large one along the east end.

A more creative option might be to organize it in only columns, like as the east coast of the US goes from tidewater to piedmont to Appalachia.

Good luck!

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Comment from austinhuang on 11 July 2019 at 03:07

Personal opinion may not be accurate

  • How did your people explore the desert? Think historically - What are the roads people used to trade? (Do note that trade roads should have relatively smooth terrain, so you can place mountains to make a turn.) Where do these roads meet? Were they busy enough to become a trading post? (Or low altitude?) Do they grow into towns & cities? Etc etc. You might also need to plan for oasis on the borderline, since the presence of water will definitely create towns.
  • O I L also maybe tropical fruits and vegetables
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Comment from zhenkang on 11 July 2019 at 03:59

When there is desert there is bound to be oil and natural minerals! Think Qatar or other smaller Middle eastern nations

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Comment from MrOobling on 12 July 2019 at 10:43

Desert countries have many different settlement patterns. It already seems you've decided to have a coast centric settling pattern (as opposed to a river based like Egypt or Iraq). Now the question is do they settle on the coast because the land there is more hospitable and nice (like Algeria or Yemen) or do they settle there so they can build ports for trade (like UAE). If the former, then you'll need mountains in the space between, which cast a rain shadow helping cause the desert. If the latter, the desert should extend right to the coast and your country should be mostly flat. It's worth noting the country directly below you seems to have gone for the latter option, with a giant, gridded highway network and desert very close to the coast, but that shouldn't determine your choice (compare/ contrast Oman and UAE for example).

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Comment from King Timothy I on 28 August 2019 at 13:50

I think that you should focus on mineral resources on the desert (maybe phosphates, iron or gold). At the coast, you should think if your people are going to trade and if they have an oil or gas source on the sea.

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