desert varnish

the dark, lustrous coating or crust, usually of manganese and iron oxides, that forms on rocks, pebbles, etc., when exposed to weathering in the desert.
Also called desert polish.

1900–05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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