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A Natural History Of The Sonoran Desert

Author : Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (Tucson, Ariz.)
ISBN : 0520219805
Genre : Nature
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"This fine book offers one-stop shopping for authoritative answers to all your questions about a most wonderful place, the Sonoran Desert. Bees, birds, beetles, biodiversity, all right here in one place in accessible prose. Who can ask for more than that?"--John Alcock, author of In a Desert Garden "Definitive and delightful--a fabulous compendium of facts and experiences written by the most knowledgable scholars in the field. This encyclopedic guide will make desert rats out of those who aren't already."--Ann H. Zwinger, author of Run, River, Run "Once in a generation, a guide to understanding a major North American landscape comes along. This book is such a touchstone, sure to become a classic. The emphasis here is on biodiversity, mutualism, co-evolution, and, especially, ethno-relationships--the long history of connection between desert peoples and their homeland, on both sides of the border. This book gives desert dwellers everything they need to develop the crucial awareness, to say, 'This is a remarkable place, filled with astonishing creatures and processes. We must act now, with fierceness and tenderness, or it will be gone.'"--Stephen Trimble, author of The Sagebrush Ocean

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.

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.

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.

Natural History Of The Ironwood Forest National Monument

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

Sonoran Desert

Author : Canyonlands Natural History Association
ISBN : 1879924188
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Combines eye-catching covers, page treatments full of interesting information presented in beautiful formats, and nature photography by America's finest photographers. Each portfolio contains 20 breathtaking scenes.

The Oxford Handbook Of Environmental History

Author : Andrew C. Isenberg
ISBN : 9780199394470
Genre : History
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The field of environmental history emerged just decades ago but has established itself as one of the most innovative and important new approaches to history, one that bridges the human and natural world, the humanities and the sciences. With the current trend towards internationalizing history, environmental history is perhaps the quintessential approach to studying subjects outside the nation-state model, with pollution, global warming, and other issues affecting the earth not stopping at national borders. With 25 essays, this Handbook is global in scope and innovative in organization, looking at the field thematically through such categories as climate, disease, oceans, the body, energy, consumerism, and international relations.

Arizona And The Grand Canyon

Author : John Gattuso
ISBN : 1585731692
Genre : Travel
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This book provides everything you'll ever need in a guide book. It is an inspiring background read, an invaluable on-the-spot companion and a superb souvenir of your visit. Evocative photography: Insight Guides are renowned for their great pictures, which vividly convey a sense of everyday life. Illuminating text: Expert writers bring to life Arizona's history, culture, parks, arts, food and, above all, its people. Incisive evaluations: From the overwhelming beauty of the Grand Canyon and Indian Country to the bustle of Phoenix and Tucson, it's all here. Detailed, cross-referenced maps: All sites are clearly highlighted and numbered in relation to the text. Full listings: All the travel details, hotels, restaurants and phone numbers you'll need.

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