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I have an idea that involves an extreme desert with a constant sand storm. There is water and forests near the area. It is an inhabited land. Humans live in this desert. Will anything else in the world realistically be effected?

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    $\begingroup$ The god Darude lives there, creating the perpetual storm. $\endgroup$ – Samuel Nov 9 '15 at 19:37
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    $\begingroup$ magic? dijinn? I think the question needs a little more. $\endgroup$ – bowlturner Nov 9 '15 at 19:44
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The problem with a "perpetual" storm is that it will eventually blow all the sand away. You either need:

  1. A clever combination of weather and geography such as high winds blowing through a narrow mountain pass into a valley surrounded by mountains which is a dessert because:

a) Rain clouds can't make it over the mountains

b) The sand can't blow out over the mountains either

OR

  1. A God owns the dessert and wants to keep it off limits to anyone he doesn't like.
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    $\begingroup$ If the desert is a large band across the continent, the prevailing winds will blow some sand in one direction, but it'll be replaced by the next wave coming in behind. An area with variable prevailing winds could also be plausible, especially if the conflicting winds produce cyclones/tornadoes. $\endgroup$ – KeithS Nov 9 '15 at 19:57
  • $\begingroup$ I really appreciate this. It got my creativity going :) Thanks y'all! $\endgroup$ – Ayaoods Nov 9 '15 at 20:23
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    $\begingroup$ I can't bring myself to correct the desert/dessert distinction, because it's just too funny picturing a jealous god protecting a mountain sized trifle... $\endgroup$ – Joe Bloggs Nov 12 '15 at 13:54
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Yes, it's possible. But your desert needs to be large. One possible way of explaining the replenishment of sand is to use the Arabian desert example.

In the fall, the Suhoor winds will blow one way (East, coating Qatar, eastern Saudi, and Abu Dhabi with sand), and then the Shamal will blow west in the spring, blowing sticky moist (Arabian Gulf humidity) sand toward western Saudi.

The problem with that scenario is that we'd have sandstorms in the spring and fall, but not in the between months. So what you'd need to do is have a desert in a more temperate latitude, that is large, and with small seas or large lakes on its periphery. It is very plausible to be bounded on one side with a forest & water.

Like Andrei said, it would be helpful to have mountains for both those reasons, although not necessary depending on your world (e.g.- the Arabian peninsula). Vast stretches of land can dissipate your rainfall as well.

Be careful, though, sandstorms are rarely like what you see in movies (if ever). They look frightening on approach, but once you're in them, it's just very hazy, with extremely limited visibility.

Also, be careful, it's hard to live in a sandstorm that lasts a week, not to mention what you're suggesting. Many resources will have to be brought in to your people, as crops will struggle. For water, you could have to have a fossil aquifer with wells.

(Photo courtesy Reuters; but this is what it looks like in a real sand storm)

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Make it a sand hurricane.

Have a massive storm that is fueled by the jet stream flowing into an area and spinning perpetually, having nowhere to go. Keep the sand trapped in this area, spinning with the (mostly) trapped wind.

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