Natural History of the Sonoran Desert

ISBN-10: 0520219805
ISBN-13: 9780520219809
Edition: 2000
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/22/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 639
Size: 6.85" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

The Sonoran Desert is one of the most wildly diverse and fascinating regions in the world. Covering southeastern California, the southern half of Arizona, most of Baja California, and much of the state of Sonora, Mexico, this vast area is home to an amazing variety of plants and animals. Its terrain varies dramatically, from parched desert lowlands to semiarid tropical forests and frigid subalpine meadows.A Natural History of the Sonoran Desertprovides the most complete collection of Sonoran Desert natural history information ever compiled and is a perfect introduction to this biologically rich desert of North America. The authors--experts in many fields--begin with a general look at the region's geology, paleoecology, climate, human ecology, and biodiversity. The book then looks in depth at hundreds of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, native fishes, and invertebrates that live in the northern part of the Sonoran Desert. Throughout, the text is supplemented with anecdotes, essays, color and black-and-white photographs, maps, diagrams, and 450 finely-rendered drawings. This comprehensive, accessible natural history is written for nonscientists and will surely become an invaluable companion for nature enthusiasts, birdwatchers, hikers, students, and anyone interested in the desert Southwest. A copublication with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Preface
Acknowledgments
Welcome to the Sonoran Desert
Biomes and Communities of the Sonoran Desert Region
Sonoran Desert Natural Events Calendar
Nature Watching in the Sonoran Desert Region
Desert Storms
Desert Air and Light
The Deep History of the Sonoran Desert
The Geologic Origin of the Sonoran Desert
Desert Soils
Human Ecology of the Sonoran Desert
Biodiversity: The Variety of Life that Sustains Our Own
Plant Ecology of the Sonoran Desert Region
Flowering Plants of the Sonoran Desert
Desert Grasses
Invertebrates
The Desert Adaptations of Birds and Mammals
Bird Accounts
Mammal Accounts
Fishes of the Desert
Adaptations of Desert Amphibians and Reptiles
Reptile and Amphibian Accounts
Afterword
Glossary
Index
Contributors

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