Deserts

Front Cover
Infobase Publishing, Jan 1, 2009 - Nature - 254 pages
0 Reviews
Life in the desert holds a range of biological adaptations. From camels to desert scorpions to snakes, the biodiversity of these areas is fascinating. Deserts presents the intricacies of this seemingly barren and harsh ecosystem, explaining how and why deserts form, where they are found on Earth, and their basic characteristics. Chapter-by-chapter coverage describes the fauna of the desert, the history of these habitats, the relationship of humanity to the deserts, the climate of desert areas, subtropical and polar deserts, and more. Deserts concludes with chapters on desert industries and threats to this ecosystem, including climate change, the spreading of deserts, overgrazing, and water depletion. New developments for managing the deserts are also discussed.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Geography of Deserts
1
Geology of Deserts
23
Desert Climates
51
Life in Deserts
81
History and the Desert
126
Desert Exploration
145
Desert Industries
159
Threats to Deserts
171
Managing the Desert
187
Conclusion
222
SI Units and Conversions
225
Glossary
228
Bibliography and Further Reading
239
Index
243
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Michael Allaby resides in Tighnabruaich, Scotland.

Bibliographic information