Ecological Communities and Processes in a Mojave Desert Ecosystem

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 20, 2005 - Nature - 369 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction to the Mojave Desert
1
2 Physical geography of Rock Valley
21
3 Adaptations of Mojave Desert plants
55
4 Desert perennials of southern Nevada
84
5 Mojave Desert annuals
113
6 Adaptations of Mojave Desert animals
130
7 Mammals
155
8 Reptiles
174
10 Arthropods
214
11 Soil organisms and seed reserves
256
12 Nitrogen cycling
274
13 Human impacts on Mojave Desert ecosystems
290
References
318
Species index
350
Main index
357
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9 Birds
197

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