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Ecology Of Desert Systems

Author : Walter G. Whitford
ISBN : 9780081026557
Genre : Science
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Nearly one-third of the land area on our planet is classified as arid or desert. Therefore, an understanding of the dynamics of such arid ecosystems is essential to managing those systems in a way that sustains human populations. This second edition of Ecology of Desert Systems provides a clear, extensive guide to the complex interactions involved in these areas. This book details the relationships between abiotic and biotic environments of desert ecosystems, demonstrating to readers how these interactions drive ecological processes. These include plant growth and animal reproductive success, the spatial and temporal distribution of vegetation and animals, and the influence of invasive species and anthropogenic climate change specific to arid systems. Drawing on the extensive experience of its expert authors, Ecology of Desert Systems is an essential guide to arid ecosystems for students looking for an overview of the field, researchers keen to learn how their work fits in to the overall picture, and those involved with environmental management of desert areas. Highlights the complexity of global desert systems in a clear, concise way Reviews the most current issues facing researchers in the field, including the spread of invasive species due to globalized trade, the impact of industrial mining, and climate change Updated and extended to include information on invasive species management, industrial mining impacts, and the current and future role of climate change in desert systems
Category: Science

Desert Ecology

Author : University of Rajasthan
ISBN : UVA:X001558202
Genre : Nature
File Size : 58.32 MB
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Ecology Of Desert Organisms

Author : Gideon Louw
ISBN : 0582443938
Genre : Desert ecology
File Size : 49.60 MB
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"In this book the authors consider the ecology of desert organisms. They have illustrated the principles involved with a selection of interesting examples from a wide body of research and from their own experience. In their study they have given equal emphasis to physiological ecology and population ecology. They have looked both at the way organisms avoid the extremes of the desert environment and at adaptations in their morphology, physiology and behaviour which make them better able to tolerate the unfavourable conditions. Reproduction and the dynamics, structure and evolution of desert communities are also discussed in detail, and in the concluding chapter the authors consider the increasingly important role of man in shaping the desert environment. The book provides a broad synthesis of the major principles of ecology, and with its balance between the botanical and zoological aspects of the subject, it will be of value to life scientists in general. Students wishing to broaden their knowledge of ecology as well as the reader interested in desert biology will find here a wealth of fascinating material in a clear and concise form" -- Back cover.
Category: Desert ecology

Desert Ecology

Author : John Sowell
ISBN : UCSD:31822029832656
Genre : Nature
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"Unlike books that merely identify which plants and animals live in the desert, Desert Ecology explores how these organisms live where they do.
Category: Nature

The Mojave Desert

Author : Robert H. Webb
ISBN : 0874177766
Genre : Science
File Size : 39.42 MB
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"This title presents new research on the Mojave Desert and the contributors discuss the desert from several perspectives including regional threats such as expanding human populations, climate change, atmospheric nitrogen deposition and invasive plants, the impact of roads in a desert ecosystem, soils and plant communities, shrinking aquifers and the monitoring and sustainability of this fragile ecosystem."--NHBS Environment Bookstore.
Category: Science

Desert Ecology

Author : Ved Prakash Meena
ISBN : 8171322530
Genre : Desert ecology
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With special reference to Rajasthan, India.
Category: Desert ecology

Structure And Function Of A Chihuahuan Desert Ecosystem

Author : Kris M. Havstad
ISBN : 9780195117769
Genre : Science
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The Jornada Basin LTER is located in the Chihuahuan Desert, the largest in North America. This region of south central New Mexico has a history of nearly 100 years as the basis for scientific research. This work gives a thorough, encompassing review of the tremendous array of observations resulting from experiments conducted in this ecosystem. Beginning with thorough descriptions of the most salient features of the region, the book then reviews a wide range of archived and active data sets on a diversity of biotic and abiotic features. It next presents a syntheses of important topics including livestock grazing and remediation efforts. A concluding chapter provides a synthesis of the principles that have emerged from this body of work, and how these relate to the broader fields of ecology and natural resource management. It concludes with recommendations for future research directions. The insightful views expressed in this volume should guide management of arid landscapes globally. This is the sixth volume in the Long Term Ecological Network Series.
Category: Science

Ecological Communities And Processes In A Mojave Desert Ecosystem

Author : Philip W. Rundel
ISBN : 0521021413
Genre : Nature
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The Mojave Desert is a winter-rainfall desert, experiencing drought in the summer months and occasional rain during the cooler winter months. For many years it has attracted the attention of ecologists and conservation biologists concerned with maintaining the unique status of this region. This book provides a broad overview of plant and animal ecology in the Mojave Desert, with a focus on data from Rock Valley, Nevada. The data from many major research projects is organized into a synthesis describing community structure and dynamics in desert ecosystems.
Category: Nature

Faunal Ecology And Conservation Of The Great Indian Desert

Author : C. Sivaperuman
ISBN : 9783540874096
Genre : Science
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The Great Indian Desert is characterized by harsh climatic conditions and different habitats, from grassland to abandoned human habitations. This book examines the regional climate and microclimatic regime of this desert and its diverse faunal inhabitants.
Category: Science