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interior drainage

noun, Physical Geography
a drainage system whose waters do not continue to the ocean either on the surface or underground, but evaporate within the land area. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • These deserts are in interior drainage basins far from oceans and have a wide range of annual temperatures.

    Deserts A. S. Walker
  • The Great Basin is so designated because it is a region of interior drainage—that is, it does not send any tribute to the sea.

    North America Israel C. Russell

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