Arid Land Ecosystems: Volume 2, Structure, Functioning and Management, Volume 2

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D. W. Goodall, R. A. Perry, K. M. W. Howes
Cambridge University Press, Mar 19, 2009 - Nature - 624 pages
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This volume was first published in 1981. The history of man's use of arid lands is a sad record of deterioration of the natural resource base and of low and declining living standards for the 300 million people who live in them. One prerequisite to meeting the challenge of reversing the deterioration and of raising living standards is a sound knowledge of the natural ecosystems.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Soilvegetationatmosphere interactions
9
Plantplant interactions
33
Animalanimal interactions
51
Plantanimal interactions
85
Effects of biotic components on abiotic components
105
Population dynamics
125
Primary productivity
169
Shortterm dynamics of minerals in arid ecosystems
325
Longterm dynamics in aridland vegetation and ecosystems
357
The modelling of arid ecosystem dynamics
385
Spatial effects in modelling of arid ecosystems
411
a hierarchical
433
the challenge
447
Management of aridland resources for dryland and irrigated
479
Recreation and tourism in arid lands
495

Production by desert animals
199
Introduction
263
Shortterm water and energy flow in arid ecosystems
271
Nutrient cycling in desert ecosystems
301
Management of water resources in arid lands
519
Some social aspects of managing arid ecosystems
549
Index
593
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