Dune Country: A Naturalist's Look at the Plant Life of Southwestern Sand Dunes

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University of Arizona Press, 1998 - Nature - 156 pages
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Contrary to public perception, sand dunes are not barren piles of sand. They are alive with plant life. The dunes themselves even move, sometimes several inches a year. In Dune Country Janice Emily Bowers takes readers from New Mexico's White Sands to Utah's Coral Pink Dunes to the Death Valley dunes of California and beyond. Beautifully written and illustrated, Dune Country is a perfect introduction to the fragile ecosystems of sand dunes.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Dune Country
7
Of Wind and Sand Sand and Rain
12
Survival
20
Double Bind
37
Little Oaks from Great Acorns
42
Changes
52
Nowhere Else in the World
59
Stragglers and Stepping Stones
79
Other Deserts Other Dunes
87
Use or Abuse
95
Chapter Notes and Suggested Readings
105
Common and Scientific Names of Dune Plants
116
A Selective Guide to Southwestern Dunes
122
Index to Plant Names
135
General Index
141

Sea Sands
71

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