Philip's guide to deserts

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Philip's, Oct 1, 2006 - Nature - 208 pages
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Philip's Guide to Deserts is a highly illustrated introduction to the world's desert regions - their formation, their highly adapted animal and plant life, their precarious ecologies and natural resources, and their extraordinarily varied human populations. The authors discuss the amazing adaptations that both fauna and flora have evolved to survive. They also look at desert peoples, their customs and religions, and describe how many have flourished in some of the most inhospitable places on Earth. They provide an indepth study of the world's desert resources, both the mineral riches and agricultural potential they offer, and how these are impacted by broad regional water strategies. The authors give useful information on which desert locations to visit and their significant cultural, historical and archaeological sites, as well as a thoughtful look at the future ecological and social issues that confront desert peoples. An Atlas section maps the world's deserts region by region, charting their area, resources, and threats both man-made and natural. The general editors are Professor Tony Allan and Professor Andrew Warren, of London University. Professor Allan is an expert on water resource management in the Middle East and Africa; Professor Warren is a specialist in desert sand dunes, desertification and soil erosion.

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DRY LANDSCAPES
25
LIFE IN THE DESERT
49
LIVING IN DESERTS
65
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