Hot Deserts and Arid Shrublands, Part 1

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Michael Evenari, Imanuel Noy-Meir, David W. Goodall
Elsevier, 1985 - Science - 365 pages
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This two-volume work presents an authoritative world-wide view of our knowledge about, and understanding of, hot-desert ecosystems. This includes some semi-arid and arid areas, as well as deserts in the strict sense. The hot deserts are distinguished from the temperate deserts (which form the subject of another volume in the series) by the virtual absence of snowfall, even though frosts may occur.

For each major hot-desert region, expert authors have summarized existing knowledge according to a general outline. This includes descriptions of the ecosystem components (climate, soil, flora and fauna), and discussion of interaction between components and overall ecosystem functioning. The information from the regional chapters has then been integrated into a world-wide view in the ``synthesis'' chapters. Because of its length, the volume is published in two parts. The first volume includes the general synthesis chapters, and regional descriptions of the hot deserts of America and Australia, while the second volume covers the hot deserts of Asia and Africa.

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Contents

MICHAEL EVENARI
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Estuaries and Enclosed Seas February 1983 93
ix
omorphology 11 Chapter 5 THE MOJAVE SONORAN
17
IMANUEL NOYMEIR Utah State University
20
Israel HEINRICH WALTER
33
GIDEON ORSHAN
72
Definition
105
Hebrew University Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht
106
GHABBOUR
205
Climatic zones and vegetation formations
210
For short contents of Volume 12B see p X Comparison between Monte and Sonora vegetation
220
Vertebrates of the northern Monte 223 Chapter 8 THE HOT DESERTS OF AUSTRALIA
234
Definition
269
THE PERUVIANCHILEAN ecosystems
302
Orography and climate 239 SYSTEMATIC LIST OF GENERA
313
The vegetation of the coastal region Costa 242
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BIOGEOGRAPHY OF THE DESERT Soils
120
Man
178
Integrative view 64
203
SYSTEMATIC INDEX
329
The impact of man 265
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About the author (1985)

Michael Evenari is Professor of Botany, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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