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Hi! I find the sentence about what geographers find an "incorrect usage" confusing. The use of oasis as replacement for wadi? Or "wadi" itself? Could it be improved for clarity? maye 11:46, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
I deleted the "wadi = oasis" paragraph. The word "oasis" came via Greek from Ancient Egyptian and originally was a proper-name for the Siwa oasis in Egypt. I have never seen "wadi" used to mean "oasis". Anthony Appleyard 06:05, 7 June 2006 (UTC)
I'm a new user so am afraid to make a potentially controversial edit, but is the "also, a rare breed of the bird family" sentence a joke? I've never heard of it, and can't find any other references online or in my bird reference books. Pit-trout 21:00, 6 May 2007 (UTC)
I also think we should delete that section or qualify it with some form of citation. Mmkaram 03:59, 21 May 2007 (UTC)
Regardless of the words' origins, the English word oasis is a near synonym. Kortoso (talk) 23:22, 15 June 2016 (UTC)
Have there been any efforts to construct experimental water retention dams across these desert flash flood channels, to retain water from the flooding? It would seem beneficial to build a series of stepped dams all the way down the channel to create a series of retention ponds, one after the other every kilometer or so, to retain floodwaters after the torrential rains to give the water time to soak in and help increase local water supplies.
Otherwise with nothing to stop the water in the channel, the torrential rains rapidly flow downstream and the region quickly reverts to its arid state after the rains.
It is not true that in "southwestern Africa" the term "rivier" is used for a wadi. People in the region predominatly speak Afrikaans and "rivier" is the Afrikaans word for river - any river, whether a huge one such as the Mississippi or a dry river bed. Rui ''Gabriel'' Correia (talk) 11:58, 29 June 2011 (UTC)