Seba Oasis, near Sabha, Libya, is in the middle of the Sahara Desert. An oasis is an small patch of vegetation surrounded by desert. Communities have traditionally planted strong trees, such as palms, around the perimeter of oases to keep the desert sands from their delicate crops and water.

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Encyclopedic entry. An oasis is an area made fertile by a source of freshwater in an otherwise dry and arid region. Oases (more than one oasis) are irrigated by natural springs or other underground water sources.

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Deserts are areas that receive very little precipitation.