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Ecology Of Desert Systems

Author : Walter G. Whitford
ISBN : 008050499X
Genre : Science
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Conventional wisdom considers deserts stark, harsh regions that support few living things. Most people also believe that water alone makes the desert bloom. Ecology of Desert Systems challenges these conventional views. This volume explores a broad range of topics of interest to ecosystem, population, community, and physiological ecologists. Climate, weather patterns, geomorphology, and wind and water processes are examined as variables that affect the distribution of biota through fundamental ecosystem processes. Descriptions of morphological, behavioral, and physiological adaptations of desert biota illuminate, through the lens of patch dynamics, principles for understanding observed patterns of primary production, nutrient cycling, and the effects of consumers. Desertification, and the techniques for monitoring and quantifying it, is examined within the framework of desert ecosystem patterns and processes. * Focuses on the interactions of climate, soil, and biota along a spectrum of spatial and temporal scales * Details the role of animals in desert ecosystems and landscape processes * Examines watershed scale processes, the ecology of ephemeral lakes, and the ecological changes identified with desertification * Outlines the fundamental concepts relevant to sustainable development of arid lands
Category: Science

The Giant Book On Desert Animals For Kids

Author : John Davidson
ISBN : 9781311574244
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
File Size : 73.8 MB
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Table of Contents Introduction Camels --What is a camel? --What kinds of camels are there? --Where do camels live? --The history of camels and humans --What are camelids? --What do camels eat? Camelops --Dromedary camel --Bactrian camel --Hybrid camels --A little more on camels Armadillos --What is an armadillo? --How do armadillos act? --The history of armadillos and humans --Nine-banded armadillo --Northern naked-tailed armadillo --Greater fairy armadillo --Giant armadillo --Screaming hairy armadillo --Pink fairy armadillo --A little more on the armadillo Scorpions --The behavior of the scorpions --Habitats of the scorpions --Biology of the animal --Reproduction --Food habits of the scorpions --Some deadly species of scorpions --Scorpions and humans --Myths and stories about scorpions Elephants --About Elephants --The Evolution of Elephants --Elephant Features --Where Elephants Live --How Elephants Eat --How Elephants Communicate --Life In The Herd --African Elephants --Asian Elephants --Fun Elephant Facts Giraffes --Let’s Learn About Giraffes (Features) --Giraffes and Their Home (Habitat) --What do Giraffes Eat? --Are You Thirsty? How Giraffes Drink? --How Giraffes Sleep? --Giraffes and Their Babies --How Giraffes Communicate? --We Look the Same, But We are Not (Sub-species) --Please Take Care of Me --Come visit giraffes in the zoo --Interesting Facts about Giraffes Komodo Dragons --What is a Komodo Dragon? --What do Komodo Dragons Look Like? --Where Do Komodo Dragons Live? --The Komodo Dragon Home --The Komodo Dragons Senses --What do Komodo Dragons Eat? --What Eats The Komodo Dragon? --The Komodo Dagon Family --Komodo Dragons in Captivity --Why Are Komodo Dragons Vulnerable? --When Komodo Dragons Attack Meerkats --What do Meerkats Look Like? --Where Do Meerkats Live --The Meerkat Home --What Do Meerkats Eat? --What Animals Eat Meerkats? --The Meerkat Mob --The Meerkat Family --Meerkats Life Cycle --How do meerkats speak to each other? --A Day in the Life of a Meerkat --Meerkat relatives --Meerkats in Captivity --Did you know? Rhinos --About Rhinoceroses --Characteristics --Behavior and Vocalization --Threats to Rhinoceros --White Rhinoceros --Black Rhinoceros --Indian Rhinoceros --Javan Rhinoceros --Sumatran Rhinoceros --Interesting facts about the Rhinoceros --Rhinoceros in different cultures Kangaroos --What is a kangaroo? --What kinds of kangaroos are there? --The four kinds of big kangaroos --The history of kangaroos and humans --Wallaroos --Wallabies --Tree kangaroos --A little more on kangaroos Lizards --What is a lizard? --What kinds of lizards are there? --Where do lizards live? --The history of lizards and humans --What is a gecko? --What is an iguana? --What is a horny toad? --A little more on lizards About Snakes --Venomous Snakes --Most Dangerous Snakes --Dangerous Snakes --Rattlesnakes --Molting --Garter Snakes --How Can I Help Snakes? --Fun Facts about Snakes Conclusion Publisher Introduction There are all sorts of deserts all over the World, from the Savanna Desert in Africa, to the Outback in Australia, and the dry deserts of the southwest in the United States. Since they are so hot, dry, and large, animals must adapt in order to live in such a place. This book talks about some of the animals that live in deserts, but there is many more.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction


Author : Sarah Rayne
ISBN : 9783961484270
Genre : Fiction
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Aus einem Experiment wird ein erbitterter Überlebenskampf: Der eiskalte Psychothriller »Todeskammer« von Sarah Rayne jetzt als eBook bei dotbooks. Ein altes Gefängnis, die Mauern getränkt von Blut – wird die Todeskammer ein weiteres Opfer fordern? Bedrohlich ragt es auf einem Hügel in der rauen Landschaft Nordenglands auf: das berüchtigte Calvary-Gefängnis, in dem ein Fernsehteam nun ein riskantes Experiment plant. Die Bewohner des nahen Dorfs sind misstrauisch – schließlich ranken sich dunkle Gerüchte um die Todeskammer. Nur die junge Georgina ist bereit, sich mit dem Reporter Jude für eine Nacht in die Kammer einsperren zu lassen. Ihr Urgroßvater war dort einst Gefängnisarzt – doch seine Geheimnisse könnten nun tödliche Folgen für Georgina haben: jemand will um jeden Preis verhindern, dass sie die Kammer wieder lebend verlässt ... »Sagenhaft gut!« Bookseller »Spannung, Horror und Gefühle spielen auf meisterhafte Weise zusammen.« Publishers Weekly Jetzt als eBook kaufen und genießen: Der packende Thriller »Todeskammer« mit Gänsehaut-Garantie von Sarah Rayne. Wer liest, hat mehr vom Leben: dotbooks – der eBook-Verlag.
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Design With The Desert

Author : Richard Malloy
ISBN : 9781439881385
Genre : Nature
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The modern southwestern cities of Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, and El Paso occupy lands that once supported rich desert ecosystems. Typical development activities often resulted in scraping these desert lands of an ancient living landscape, to be replaced with one that is human-made and dependent on a large consumption of energy and natural resources. Design with the Desert: Conservation and Sustainable Development explores the natural and built environment of the American Southwest and introduces development tools for shaping the future of the region in a more sustainable way. Explore the Desert Landscape and Ecology This transdisciplinary collaboration draws on insights from leading authorities in their fields, spanning science, ecology, planning, landscape development, architecture, and urban design. Organized into five parts, the book begins by introducing the physical aspects of the desert realm: the land, geology, water, and climate. The second part deals with the "living" and ecological aspects, from plants and animals to ecosystems. The third part, on planning in the desert, covers the ecological and social issues surrounding water, natural resource planning, and community development. Bring the Desert into the City The fourth part looks at how to bring nature into the built environment through the use of native plants, the creation of habitats for nature in urban settings, and the design of buildings, communities, and projects that create life. The final part of the book focuses on urban sustainability and how to design urban systems that provide a secure future for community development. Topics include water security, sustainable building practices, and bold architecture and community designs. Design Solutions That Work with the Local Environment This book will inspire discussion and contemplation for anyone interested in desert development, from developers and environmentalists to planners, community leaders, and those who live in desert regions. Throughout this volume, the contributors present solutions to help promote ecological balance between nature and the built environment in the American Southwest—and offer valuable insights for other ecologically fragile regions around the world.
Category: Nature

A Natural History Of The Sonoran Desert

Author : Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Staff
ISBN : 0520219805
Genre : Nature
File Size : 61.17 MB
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"A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert provides the most complete collection of Sonoran Desert natural history information ever compiled and is a perfect introduction to this biologically rich desert of North America."--BOOK JACKET.
Category: Nature

Desert Plants

Author : Kishan Gopal Ramawat
ISBN : 3642025501
Genre : Science
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Deserts appear very fascinating during our short visits. However, the lives of plants and animals are very dif?cult under the harsh climatic conditions of high tempe- ture and scant water supply in deserts, sometimes associated with high concent- tions of salt. The editor of this book was born and brought up in the Great Indian Desert, and has spent much of his life studying the growth and metabolism of desert plants. It is very charming on a cool summer evening to sit at the top of a sand dune listening only to blowing air and nothing else. It has been my dream to prepare a volume on desert plants encompassing various aspects of desert plant biology. In this book, I have tried to present functional and useful aspects of the vegetation resources of deserts along with scienti?c input aimed at understanding and impr- ing the utility of these plants. The scant vegetation of deserts supports animal life and provides many useful medicines, timber and fuel wood for humans. Therefore, there are chapters devoted to medicinal plants (Chap. 1), halophytes (Chaps. 13, 14), and fruit plants (Chaps. 17, 20). Desert plants have a unique reproductive biology (Chaps. 9–11), well-adapted eco-physiological and anatomical charact- istics (Chap. 7), and specialised metabolism and survival abilities. These plants are dif?cult to propagate and pose many problems to researchers developing biote- nological approaches for their amelioration (Chaps. 18–20).
Category: Science

Multicultural Literature And Response

Author : Lynn Atkinson Smolen
ISBN : 9781598844740
Genre : Education
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All students need access to books in which they can see themselves--not just their physical appearance, but their culture and language, as well. "Multicultural Literature and Response: Affirming Diverse Voices" was written to help teachers and librarians find and use the best multicultural books in the service of reading comprehension and more. Underscoring the necessity of selecting quality literature that authentically, sensitively, and accurately portrays different groups, the book defines multicultural literature and provides a strong argument for its importance in schools and libraries. Expert contributors guide users to multicultural authors and illustrators who portrays U.S. ethnic and cultural groups, and they suggest ways to integrate this literature with writing, fluency development, storytelling, and audiovisuals. Extensive lists of books and websites that feature multicultural literature, as well as of authors, illustrators, and publishers of multicultural literature, make it easy to include such works in programs across the curriculum.
Category: Education

Best Books For Children

Author : Catherine Barr
ISBN : 1591580854
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Category: Language Arts & Disciplines