California Deserts An Ecological Rediscovery
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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 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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 7/2/2008
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.26" tall
|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|
|Biological Diversity: The Richness of Species|
|Evolving with Drought|
|Greater Than The Sum Of The Parts|
|Great Basin Communities|
|Future Of An Arid Bioregion|
|Weaving a New Basket|