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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
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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

A Natural History Of The Sonoran Desert

Author : Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Staff
ISBN : 0520219805
Genre : Nature
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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.
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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

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).
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The Handy Answer Book For Kids And Parents

Author : Gina Misiroglu
ISBN : 9781578592760
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Kids ask the darndest things . . . and here are the answers—all in one helpful book! Anyone who has ever been a kid, raised a kid, or spent any time with kids knows that asking questions is a critical part of growing up. Kids have curious minds and they come up with some very interesting questions. But the truth is adults don't always know the answers. The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents) comes to the rescue. Written with a child's imagination in mind, this easy-to-understand book is a launching pad for curious young minds and a life raft for parents at wits end. It addresses nearly 800 queries with enough depth and detail to both satisfy the curiosity of persistent young inquisitors and provide parents with a secure sense of a job well done. It'll equip every parent for those difficult, absurd, or sometimes funny questions from their kids, such as Is there life on Mars? Do rivers ever dry up? Why are there wars? Is there such a thing as a funny bone? Why do dogs bark? Why is the sky blue? Why do people have to grow old? Why do people speak different languages?
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Exercise Book For Science Cambridge Program

Author : Cambridge University Press
ISBN : 0137019629
Genre : Study Aids
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This book has three sections: Exercise, Practice, and Simulation. All three sections share a common purpose--to provide you with practice at reading the types of passages and answering the types of questions you will find when you take the GED.
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Best Books For Children

Author : Catherine Barr
ISBN : 1591580854
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Life In A Desert

Author : Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
ISBN : 0822521407
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Go on a journey that begins with a few drops of rain on the dry desert floor. Using the Sonoran Desert as an example, Life in a Desert examines the physical features, processes, and many different species of plants and animals that make up a unique desert ecosystem. Find out about the impact of humans on this delicate ecosystem and what is being done to save it. Book jacket.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction