The Deserts of the Southwest

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Benchmark Books, 1999 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 64 pages
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This informative series explores the delicate balance of life in all the major continental ecosystems. The vital importance, stunning diversity and fascinating adaptability found in each area -- along with the urgency now felt to protect them -- are all explored, giving the reader an excellent introduction to the science of ecology. The text is written in an engaging manner that helps illuminate the vast complexities of the ecosystems featured. Stunning photographs support the lively text, which also includes home experiments that demonstrate certain conditions found within each ecosystem. An in-depth glossary, index, bibliography and a guide to additional sources make these titles a valuable resource for anyone interested in ecology.

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Land of Extremes
Hidden Life
Sagebrush Salt and Silver

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About the author (1999)

MARIA MUDD RUTH has written more than a dozen books on natural history topics, including volumes on butterflies, beetles, snakes, rain forests, deserts, and oceans. Her work has appeared in publications produced by the National Geographic Society, where she worked as a researcher and editor for 7 years. She grew up in the Washington, D.C., area and now lives in Southern California.

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