Download and read online Desert Ecology in PDF and EPUB A comprehensive, accessible introduction to desert plants and animals, with a thorough examination of physiologic and behavioral adaptations that enable these organisms to survive in such inhospitable...
Download and read online Marine Desert Ecology of Southern Peru in PDF and EPUB Results of a reconnaissance are presented for part of the south-central Peruvian coast. These data constitute the initial phase of a project involving a general survey of marine desert ecology. Broad objectives include reconstruction of the late-Pleistocene paleogeographic environment and assembly of land-based evidence for previous Peru Current deflections. Contemporary problems of human ecology are considered after systematic review of existing literature on geology, geomorphology, oceanography, meteorology, botany, and archaeology. (Author).
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Download and read online Ecology of Desert Systems in PDF and EPUB Conventional wisdom considers deserts stark, harsh regions that support few living things. Most people also believe that water alone makes the desert bloom. Ecology of Desert Systems challenges these conventional views. This volume explores a broad range of topics of interest to ecosystem, population, community, and physiological ecologists. Climate, weather patterns, geomorphology, and wind and water processes are examined as variables that affect the distribution of biota through fundamental ecosystem processes. Descriptions of morphological, behavioral, and physiological adaptations of desert biota illuminate, through the lens of patch dynamics, principles for understanding observed patterns of primary production, nutrient cycling, and the effects of consumers. Desertification, and the techniques for monitoring and quantifying it, is examined within the framework of desert ecosystem patterns and processes. * Focuses on the interactions of climate, soil, and biota along a spectrum of spatial and temporal scales * Details the role of animals in desert ecosystems and landscape processes * Examines watershed scale processes, the ecology of ephemeral lakes, and the ecological changes identified with desertification * Outlines the fundamental concepts relevant to sustainable development of arid lands
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Download and read online Ecological Communities and Processes in a Mojave Desert Ecosystem in PDF and EPUB 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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Download and read online Faunal Ecology and Conservation of the Great Indian Desert in PDF and EPUB The Great Indian Desert is characterized by harsh climatic conditions and different habitats, from grassland to abandoned human habitations. This book examines the regional climate and microclimatic regime of this desert and its diverse faunal inhabitants.
Download and read online Ecology and Natural History of Desert Lizards in PDF and EPUB Eric Pianka offers a synthesis of his life's work on the comparative ecology of lizard assemblages in the Great Basin. Mojave and Sonoran deserts of western North America, the Kalahari semi-desert of southern Africa, and the Great Victoria desert of Western Australia. Originally published in 1986. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
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