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    am Rande der Wüste

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    "Sie sah in einer Phantasie einen Indianer, der über einen See übersetzt und dann am Rande der Wüste vor seinem Camp Wache hält."
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    at the border of the desert? Klingt irgendwie komisch ...
    Author Ferenczi (237228) 15 Nov 11, 13:53
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    the edge of the desert
    the desert's edge

    e.g.
    #1Author dude (253248) 15 Nov 11, 13:57
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    Thx, dude. Follow-up question: at the edge, or on the edge?
    #2Author Ferenczi (237228) 15 Nov 11, 14:21
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    at

    I'd say, though "on" wouldn't be wrong, either, IMO
    #3Author dude (253248) 15 Nov 11, 14:23
    Suggestion..
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    At the fringes of the desert also conmmon in this contexr.
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    ....
    #4Author Robert Wilde (360884) 15 Nov 11, 14:23
    Suggestionon the outskirts of the (Judean) desert
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    I have exactly the same phrase, but am tending towards outskirts rather than edge - any comments?
    #5Author BevBUK (762567) 30 Nov 15, 17:26
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    My first thought was "outskirts" only refers to towns or cities;
    Oxford online seems to confirm that:

    "The outer parts of a town or city:
    ‘he built a new factory on the outskirts of Birmingham’"
    #6Authormikefm (760309) 30 Nov 15, 17:37
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    I have always associated "outskirts" with meaning the edge of a village/town/city. I've never come across it in conjunction with "desert".
    #7Author Spike BE (535528) 30 Nov 15, 17:39
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    That was my first thought, too, but apparently even the universe can have outskirts, so why not a desert? Outskirts simply means the outer area/limit/edge/etc.

    https://books.google.com/books?id=zE1BAAAAYAA...
    The Story of the Universe: Told by Great Scientists and Popular Authors
    On the outskirts of the universe lie those faintest and dimmest of objects which we can just perceive through our greatest telescopes.
    #8Author dude (253248) 30 Nov 15, 18:08
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    the outskirts of the universe  

    Interesting, that actually doesn't sound odd to me, maybe because the universe is a complex structure, like a city or town, compared with a desert.?
    #9Authormikefm (760309) 30 Nov 15, 19:12
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    Well, living close to a desert as I do (some claim that LA actually is a desert), I can tell you that deserts, too, can be very complex. It's not all just a bunch of sand. :-)
    #10Author dude (253248) 30 Nov 15, 19:28
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    One more vote against 'outskirts' for the desert -- it's for cities.

    For the universe, even though that's not really a typical collocation, that too is an image of a denser population cluster, with the thinly settled outskirts viewed relative to a defined center.
    #11Author hm -- us (236141) 30 Nov 15, 20:01
     
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