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A Natural History Of The Sonoran Desert

Author : Steven John Phillips
ISBN : 9780520287471
Genre : Nature
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"This book takes readers deep into the Sonoran Desert, looking closely at the relationships of plants and animals with the land and people, through time and across landscapes. Beginning with its deep biotic and geologic history, the text unveils fascinating ecological adaptations to this desert. The book focuses on the Arizona Upland Subdivision but also touches upon other subdivisions of the Sonoran Desert and associated biotic communities. In clearly accessible language, dozens of naturalists and/or scientists have spelled out the basic concepts of this desert's biodiversity, geology, weather, plants, and animals (from invertebrates to fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals). It explains phenomena of desert light, Sky Islands, and rainfall patterns, flowering and pollination, human impacts and much more. Details on the form, habits, and habitat for hundreds of Sonoran Desert species are presented in accounts covering nearly two-thirds of the volume's 600-plus pages. As in the original publication, the new edition includes color plates highlighting Sonoran Desert landscapes, as well as maps, figures, and more than 400 black and white illustrations. Chapters on when and where to watch the spectacular nature of the region have been updated in this edition for readers inspired to journey over its lands and waters to peruse it in three dimensions"--Provided by publisher.

House In The Sun

Author : George Olin
ISBN : 1877856398
Genre : Nature
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The Sonoran Desert Tortoise

Author : Thomas R. Van Devender
ISBN : 0816526060
Genre : Science
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One of the most recognizable animals of the Southwest, the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) makes its home in both the Sonoran and Mohave Deserts, as well as in tropical areas to the south in Mexico. Called by Tohono O'odham people "komik'c-ed," or "shell with living thing inside," it is one of the few desert creatures kept as a domestic petÑas well as one of the most studied reptiles in the world. Most of our knowledge of desert tortoises comes from studies of Mohave Desert populations in California and Nevada. However, the ecology, physiology, and behavior of these northern populations are quite different from those of their southern, Sonoran Desert, and tropical cousins, which have been studied much less. Differences in climate and habitat have shaped the evolution of three races of desert tortoises as they have adapted to changes in heat, rainfall, and sources of food and shelter as the deserts developed in the last ten million years. This book presents the first comprehensive summary of the natural history, biology, and conservation of the Sonoran and Sinaloan desert tortoises, reviewing the current state of knowledge of these creatures with appropriate comparisons to Mohave tortoises. It condenses a vast amount of information on population ecology, activity, and behavior based on decades of studying tortoise populations in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, and also includes important material on the care and protection of tortoises. Thirty-two contributors address such topics as tortoise fossil records, DNA analysis, and the mystery of secretive hatchlings and juveniles. Tortoise health is discussed in chapters on the care of captives, and original data are presented on the diets of wild and captive tortoises, the nutrient content of plant foods, and blood parameters of healthy tortoises. Coverage of conservation issues includes husbandry methods for captive tortoises, an overview of protective measures, and an evaluation of threats to tortoises from introduced grass and wildfires. A final chapter on cultural knowledge presents stories and songs from indigenous peoples and explores their understanding of tortoises. As the only comprehensive book on the desert tortoise, this volume gathers a vast amount of information for scientists, veterinarians, and resource managers while also remaining useful to general readers who keep desert tortoises as backyard pets. It will stand as an enduring reference on this endearing creature for years to come.

Sonoran Desert

Author : Rose Houk
ISBN : 1583690077
Genre : Photography
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A Southwest Parks and Monuments booklet provides an overview of the geology and natural history of the Sonoran Desert, accompanied by color photographs.

Weltatlas Des Klimawandels

Author : Kirstin Dow
ISBN : 3863930649
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Dry Borders

Author : Richard Stephen Felger
ISBN : 0874808189
Genre : Science
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An excursion into the Sonoran Desert along the U.S.-Mexico border brings to life the beauty of a spare and seductive terrain, telling the stories of the people, plants, and politics that layer a landscape in need of understanding and protection. Simultaneous.


Author : Thomas M. Smith
ISBN : 3827373131
Genre : Ecology
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Populations, ecosystems, species interactions, community.

Natural History Of The Ironwood Forest National Monument

Author : Royce E. Ballinger
ISBN : 1630683620
Genre : Desert conservation
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Heimat Mars

Author : Greg Bear
ISBN : 9783641135874
Genre : Fiction
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Ein Planet kämpft um seine Unabhängigkeit Durch Terraforming hat sich die Menschheit auf dem Mars eine zweite Heimat geschaffen. Jetzt, im 22. Jahrhundert, wird die Kluft zwischen Mars und Erde immer größer, nicht zuletzt durch die wissenschaftliche und politische Entwicklung auf dem roten Planeten. Dies ist die Geschichte von Casseia Majumdar, einer Marsianerin, die die Veränderungen hautnah miterlebt.

A Natural History Of The Mojave Desert

Author : Lawrence R. Walker
ISBN : 9780816532629
Genre : Nature
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Invites readers to explore the smallest and most unique southwestern desert, the beautiful Mojave--Provided by publisher.

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