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California Deserts An Ecological Rediscovery

ISBN-10: 0520251458
ISBN-13: 9780520251458
Edition: 2008
Authors: Bruce M. Pavlik
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Description: This highly readable, spectacularly illustrated compendium is an ecological journey into a wondrous land of extremes.California Desertsexplores the remarkable diversity of life in this harsh yet fragile quarter of the golden state. In a rich  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 7/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.036

This highly readable, spectacularly illustrated compendium is an ecological journey into a wondrous land of extremes.California Desertsexplores the remarkable diversity of life in this harsh yet fragile quarter of the golden state. In a rich narrative, it illuminates how that diversity, created by drought and heat, has evolved with climate change since the Ice Ages. Along the way, we find there is much to learn from each desert species-whether it is a cactus, pupfish, tortoise, or bighorn sheep-about adaptation to a warming, arid world. The book tells of human adaptation as well, and is underscored by a deep appreciation for the intimate knowledge acquired by native people during their 12,000-year desert experience. In this sense, the book is a journey of rediscovery, as it reflects on the ways that knowledge has been reclaimed and amplified by new discoveries. The book also takes measure of the ecological condition of these deserts today, presenting issues of conservation, management, and restoration. With its many sidebars, photographs, and featured topics,California Desertsprovides a unique introduction to places of remarkable and often unexpected beauty.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Lost Basket
Rediscovery
Coming to Explore
Coming to Conquer
Coming to Understand
Coming to Cherish
A Conspiracy Of Extremes
Geography of a Bioregion
Climate
Geology
Soils
Waters
Operation And Origins
Ecosystem Operations in the Desert Bioregion
Origins of the Desert Bioregion
Remarkable Biota
Biological Diversity: The Richness of Species
Evolving with Drought
Drought-Susceptible Species
Drought-Avoiding Species
Drought-Tolerant Species
Greater Than The Sum Of The Parts
Great Basin Communities
Mojave Communities
Sonoran Communities
Future Of An Arid Bioregion
Current Threats
Ecological Remedies
Weaving a New Basket
References
Art Credits
Index

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