Ecology of Desert Systems

Written By Walter G. Whitford
Ecology of Desert Systems
  • Publsiher : Academic Press
  • Release : 20 August 2019
  • ISBN : 0081026552
  • Pages : 473 pages
  • Rating : 4/5 from 21 reviews
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Read or download book entitled Ecology of Desert Systems written by Walter G. Whitford which was release on 20 August 2019, this book published by Academic Press. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. Book excerpt: 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 processes. These include plant growth and animal reproductive success, the spatial and temporal distribution of vegetation and animals, and the influence of invasive species and anthropogenic climate change specific to arid systems. Drawing on the extensive experience of its expert authors, Ecology of Desert Systems is an essential guide to arid ecosystems for students looking for an overview of the field, researchers keen to learn how their work fits in to the overall picture, and those involved with environmental management of desert areas. Highlights the complexity of global desert systems in a clear, concise way Reviews the most current issues facing researchers in the field, including the spread of invasive species due to globalized trade, the impact of industrial mining, and climate change Updated and extended to include information on invasive species management, industrial mining impacts, and the current and future role of climate change in desert systems

Ecology of Desert Systems

Ecology of Desert Systems
  • Author : Walter G. Whitford,Benjamin D. Duval
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release Date : 2019-08-20
  • Total pages : 473
  • ISBN : 0081026552
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Summary : 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 ...

Ecology of Desert Systems

Ecology of Desert Systems
  • Author : Walter Whitford
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release Date : 2002-04-08
  • Total pages : 343
  • ISBN : 0081026552
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Summary : 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 ...

Ecology of Desert Rivers

Ecology of Desert Rivers
  • Author : Richard Kingsford
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2006-06-01
  • Total pages : 354
  • ISBN : 0081026552
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Summary : Summarises current understanding of desert river ecology and its dependence on unpredictable river flows....

The Ecology of Desert Communities

The Ecology of Desert Communities
  • Author : Gary A. Polis
  • Publisher : Century Collection
  • Release Date : 2016-10-11
  • Total pages : 456
  • ISBN : 0081026552
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Summary : "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 ...

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 Date : 2009-05-11
  • Total pages : 326
  • ISBN : 0081026552
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Summary : 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 ...

Human Adaptability

Human Adaptability
  • Author : Emilio F. Moran
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-05-04
  • Total pages : 496
  • ISBN : 0081026552
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Summary : Designed to help students understand the multiple levels at which human populations respond to their surroundings, this essential text offers the most complete discussion of environmental, physiological, behavioral, and cultural adaptive strategies available. Among the unique features that make Human Adaptability outstanding as both a textbook for students and a ...

Ecology and Natural History of Desert Lizards

Ecology and Natural History of Desert Lizards
  • Author : Eric R. Pianka
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-03-14
  • Total pages : 222
  • ISBN : 0081026552
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Summary : 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 ...

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 Date : 2016-09-14
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 0081026552
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Summary : 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 ...

Structure and Function of a Chihuahuan Desert Ecosystem

Structure and Function of a Chihuahuan Desert Ecosystem
  • Author : Kris M. Havstad,Laura F. Huenneke,William H. Schlesinger
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2006-07-20
  • Total pages : 492
  • ISBN : 0081026552
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Summary : The Jornada Basin LTER is located in the Chihuahuan Desert, the largest in North America. This region of south central New Mexico has a history of nearly 100 years as the basis for scientific research. This work gives a thorough, encompassing review of the tremendous array of observations resulting from experiments ...

Sustainable Land Use in Deserts

Sustainable Land Use in Deserts
  • Author : Siegmar-W. Breckle,Maik Veste,Walter Wucherer
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2012-12-06
  • Total pages : 465
  • ISBN : 0081026552
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Summary : 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 ...

Physiological Ecology of North American Desert Plants

Physiological Ecology of North American Desert Plants
  • Author : Stanley D. Smith,Russell Monson,Jay E. Anderson
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2012-12-06
  • Total pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0081026552
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Summary : Following a description of the physical and biological characterization of the four North American deserts together with the primary adaptations of plants to environmental stress, the authors go on to present case studies of key species. They provide an up-to-date and comprehensive review of the major patterns of adaptation in ...

Ecosystem Ecology and Geochemistry of Cuatro Cienegas

Ecosystem Ecology and Geochemistry of Cuatro Cienegas
  • Author : Felipe García-Oliva,James Elser,Valeria Souza
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2018-10-12
  • Total pages : 167
  • ISBN : 0081026552
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Summary : Carbon (C), Nitrogen (N) and Phosphorus (P) are three of the most important elements used to build living beings, and their uptake from the environment is consequently essential for all organisms. Photosynthesis is the process in which plants absorb atmospheric C as they grow and convert it to biomass. However, ...

Encyclopedia of Ecology

Encyclopedia of Ecology
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Newnes
  • Release Date : 2014-11-03
  • Total pages : 3120
  • ISBN : 0081026552
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Summary : The groundbreaking Encyclopedia of Ecology provides an authoritative and comprehensive coverage of the complete field of ecology, from general to applied. It includes over 500 detailed entries, structured to provide the user with complete coverage of the core knowledge, accessed as intuitively as possible, and heavily cross-referenced. Written by an international ...

Design with the Desert

Design with the Desert
  • Author : Richard Malloy,John Brock,Anthony Floyd,Margaret Livingston,Robert H. Webb
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release Date : 2013-01-16
  • Total pages : 620
  • ISBN : 0081026552
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Summary : The modern southwestern cities of Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, and El Paso occupy lands that once supported rich desert ecosystems. Typical development activities often resulted in scraping these desert lands of an ancient living landscape, to be replaced with one that is human-made and dependent on a large consumption ...

Desertification in the Mediterranean Region A Security Issue

Desertification in the Mediterranean Region  A Security Issue
  • Author : W.G. Kepner,Jose L. Rubio,David A. Mouat,Fausto Pedrazzini
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2006-01-04
  • Total pages : 593
  • ISBN : 0081026552
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Summary : Focuses on two basic concepts: security and desertification in the Mediterranean Region and their linkages. This book provides a multi-lateral forum for cooperation, information exchange, and dialogue among the environmental, development, foreign and security policy communities within the Mediterranean Region....