California Deserts An Ecological Rediscovery

ISBN-10: 0520251458

ISBN-13: 9780520251458

Edition: 2008

Authors: Bruce M. Pavlik

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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.
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 7/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.26" tall
Weight: 3.014
Language: English

Introduction: The Lost Basket
Coming to Explore
Coming to Conquer
Coming to Understand
Coming to Cherish
A Conspiracy Of Extremes
Geography of a Bioregion
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
Art Credits
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