Ecology of Desert Systems

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  • Author : Walter G. Whitford
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Pages : 473 pages
  • ISBN : 0081026552
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Ecology of Desert Systems

Ecology of Desert Systems
  • Author : Walter G. Whitford,Benjamin D. Duval
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release : 20 August 2019
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Nearly one-third of the land area on our planet is classified as arid or desert. Therefore, an understanding of the dynamics of such arid ecosystems is essential to managing those systems in a way that sustains human populations. This second edition of Ecology of Desert Systems provides a clear, extensive guide to the complex interactions involved in these areas. This book details the relationships between abiotic and biotic environments of desert ecosystems, demonstrating to readers how these interactions drive ecological

Ecology of Desert Systems

Ecology of Desert Systems
  • Author : Walter Whitford
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release : 08 April 2002
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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

Ecology and Natural History of Desert Lizards

Ecology and Natural History of Desert Lizards
  • Author : Eric R. Pianka
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release : 14 March 2017
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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

The Ecology of Desert Communities

The Ecology of Desert Communities
  • Author : Gary A. Polis
  • Publisher : Century Collection
  • Release : 11 October 2016
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"Provides interesting and thought-provoking reading and is highly recommended to anyone interested in desert ecosystems or community ecology. The book . . . should serve as an inspiration to many for future research."--Journal of Biogeography "This book is not just about deserts; it is an update of the contributions that research in desert systems is making to community ecology. . . This book will provide a useful reference for desert ecologists, as well as indicate critical directions where progress needs to be made."--Ecology "

Tropical Biology and Conservation Management Volume IX

Tropical Biology and Conservation Management   Volume IX
  • Author : Kleber Del Claro,Paulo S. Oliveira,Victor Rico-Gray
  • Publisher : EOLSS Publications
  • Release : 11 May 2009
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This Encyclopedia of Tropical Biology and Conservation Management is a component of the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias. Tropical environments cover the most part of still preserved natural areas of the Earth. The greatest biodiversity, as in terms of animals and plants, as microorganisms, is placed in these hot and rainy ecosystems spread up and below the Equator line. Additionally, the most part of food products, with vegetal or

Plant Diversity and Ecology in the Chihuahuan Desert

Plant Diversity and Ecology in the Chihuahuan Desert
  • Author : Maria C. Mandujano,Irene Pisanty,Luis E. Eguiarte
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 20 July 2021
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Environmental and specific diversity in the Chihuahuan desert in general, and in the Cuatro Ciénegas Basin in particular, has long been recognized as outstanding. This book provides a global ecological overview, together with in-depth studies of specific processes. The Chihuahuan desert is the warmest in North America, and has a complex geologic, climatic and biogeographical history, which affects today’s distribution of vegetation and plants and generates complex phylogeographic patterns. The high number of endemic species reflects this complex

Encyclopedia of Deserts

Encyclopedia of Deserts
  • Author : Michael A. Mares
  • Publisher : University of Oklahoma Press
  • Release : 19 January 2017
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Encyclopedia of Deserts represents a milestone: it is the first comprehensive reference to the first comprehensive reference to deserts and semideserts of the world. Approximately seven hundred entries treat subjects ranging from desert survival to the way deserts are formed. Topics include biology (birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, invertebrates, plants, bacteria, physiology, evolution), geography, climatology, geology, hydrology, anthropology, and history. The thirty-seven contributors, including volume editor Michael A. Mares, have had extensive careers in deserts research, encompassing all of the

The Influence of Biogeography and Mating System on the Ecology of Desert Annual Plants

The Influence of Biogeography and Mating System on the Ecology of Desert Annual Plants
  • Author : Katharine Laura Gerst
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release : 29 September 2021
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A major challenge in plant ecology is in understanding how species strategies mediate interactions between the environment and fitness. Variation in niche strategies that affect phenological, physiological, and reproductive traits will allow species to partition resources differently in space and time, allowing for coexistence of many species and strategies within a community. How species differentially respond to variable environments will ultimately influence their population dynamics and geographic distribution. This dissertation approaches this topic from two perspectives: (a) examining the interaction

Microbial Ecology of Arid Terrestrial Systems

Microbial Ecology of Arid Terrestrial Systems
  • Author : Thulani P. Makhalanyane,Don Cowan,Jean-Baptiste Ramond
  • Publisher : Frontiers Media SA
  • Release : 14 September 2016
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Water is usually referred to as the ‘Molecule of Life’. It constitutes the most abundant molecule in living (micro)organisms and is also essential for critical biochemical reactions, both for the global functioning and maintenance of Ecosystems (e.g., Photosynthesis) and individual (microbial) cells (e.g., ATP hydrolysis). However, most of Earth’s terrestrial environments present deficiencies in bioavailable water. Arid environments cover around a third of the land’s surface, are found on the six continents and, with the

Physiological Ecology of North American Desert Plants

Physiological Ecology of North American Desert Plants
  • Author : Stanley D. Smith,Russell K. Monson,Jay Ennis Anderson
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 29 September 1997
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This book begins with the physical and biological characterization of the four North American deserts and a description of the primary adaptations of plants to environmental stress. In the following chapters the authors present case studies of key species representing dominant growth forms of the North American deserts, and provide an up-to-date and comprehensive review of the major patterns of adaptations in desert plants. One chapter is devoted to several important exotic plants that have invaded North American deserts. The

Sustainable Land Use in Deserts

Sustainable Land Use in Deserts
  • Author : Siegmar-W. Breckle,Maik Veste,Walter Wucherer
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 06 December 2012
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Changing desert areas for land use implies a lot of ecological problems. These and related ones are dealt with in this book covering various interdisciplinary and international aspects. Large areas in arid and semi-arid regions are already polluted in various ways. One of the biggest problems is the anthropogenic salinization by inadequate means of agriculture and irrigation. Additionally, most arid areas in the world are dramatically overgrazed. Methods and practices of a sustainable land use in deserts are urgently needed

Spatial Ecology of Desert Rodent Communities

Spatial Ecology of Desert Rodent Communities
  • Author : Georgy I. Shenbrot,Boris R. Krasnov,Konstantin A. Rogovin
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 06 December 2012
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Rodents are conspicuous and important components of the desert biome. Many general concepts in modern community and behavioral ecology use them as a main model. This volume compiles and generalizes data on the spatial structure of desert rodent communities, taking into account both global (biogeographic) and local (ecological) patterns. It is based on studies of rodents in different deserts of the Northern Hemisphere (Karakum, Kyzylkum, Bet-Pak-Dala, Gobi, Thar, Chihuahua, Negev, and North Caspian deserts) as well as on a thorough