A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert

Revised and Updated Edition

Author: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Staff,Arizona-Sonora Desert Mus

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520219809

Category: Nature

Page: 628

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"A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert provides the most complete collection of Sonoran Desert natural history information ever compiled and is a perfect introduction to this biologically rich desert of North America."--BOOK JACKET.
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A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert

Author: Steven John Phillips,Patricia Wentworth Comus,Mark Alan Dimmitt,Linda M. Brewer

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520287479

Category: Nature

Page: 590

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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.
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House in the Sun

A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert

Author: George Olin

Publisher: Western National Parks Association

ISBN: 9781877856396

Category: Nature

Page: 210

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A Natural History of the Mojave Desert

Author: Lawrence R. Walker,Frederick H. Landau

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 0816532621

Category: Nature

Page: 344

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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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Mountain Islands and Desert Seas

A Natural History of the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands

Author: Frederick R. Gehlbach

Publisher: Texas A & M University Press

ISBN: 9780890965665

Category: Nature

Page: 298

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"The most difficult stewardship is yet to come," was the final sentence in biologist Fred Gehlbach's 1981 book about the troubled natural history of the U.S.-Mexico border region. Mountain Islands and Desert Seas was the result of Gehlbach's years of study, travel, and intensifying dismay over the continuing development and degradation of a beautiful land where jaguars, grizzlies, and bighorn sheep once roamed. Today, the environment for environmentalism is more favorable and Mountain Islands and Desert Seas has now been released in paperback for a new audience. As Gehlbach suggests in his preface to the new edition, one millennium may be ending with heightened awareness, but in the decade since his book's first publication, "exceptional native landscapes remain unprotected or have been erased to provide human living space." Gehlbach's observations throughout the book are personal and passionate, and his pleas for change are backed by sobering statistics and illustration. One section of color photographs is labeled "Natural and Unnatural History," with paired photographs that show, for example a polluted rivulet through mine tailings and an unspoiled creek. The chapters visit the various regions and eras of the Borderlands, from the days of giant mammals to the first incursion of humans to the escalating arms race in which humans used more and more efficient weapons to rid the landscape of its natural inhabitants. The final chapter of the book relates the lessons of environmental abuse and alternatives for alleviating damage to the Borderlands, an area termed "living museums." Mountain Islands and Desert Seas was praised upon its publication, with Sierra magazine calling it "a first-rate natural history of the entire U.S.-Mexican border area. . . . [The reader] may profit greatly from the author's readable style and his sense of what is environmentally appropriate." Arizona Highways said it was "deeply rewarding reading for those even mildly interested in the environment and the region from the south of the Rio Grande to California's Imperial Valley."
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A Natural History of Amphibians

Author: Robert C. Stebbins,Nathan W. Cohen

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691102511

Category: Nature

Page: 316

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Amphibia, the animal group that includes frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians, contains more than 4,500 known living species and new ones are being discovered continuously. This book focuses on the natural history of amphibians worldwide, how interaction with their environment over time has affected their evolutionary processes and what factors will determine their destinies. 37 photos. 52 line illus.
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Dry Borders

Great Natural Reserves of the Sonoran Desert

Author: Richard Stephen Felger,Bill Broyles

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 799

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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.
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Ecology and Natural History of Desert Lizards

Analyses of the Ecological Niche and Community Structure

Author: Eric R. Pianka

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400886147

Category: Science

Page: 222

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Eric Pianka offers a synthesis of his life's work on the comparative ecology of lizard assemblages in the Great Basin. Mojave and Sonoran deserts of western North America, the Kalahari semi-desert of southern Africa, and the Great Victoria desert of Western Australia. Originally published in 1986. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
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The Saguaro Cactus

A Natural History

Author: David Yetman,Alberto Burquez,Michael Sanderson,Kevin Hultine

Publisher: Southwest Center

ISBN: 0816540047

Category: Nature

Page: 208

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The saguaro, with its great size and characteristic shape, has become the emblem of the Sonoran Desert of southwestern Arizona and northwestern Mexico. This book offers a complete natural history of this enduring cactus, the largest and tallest in the United States. From its role in Sonoran Desert ecology, to its adaptations to the desert climate, to its sacred place in Indigenous culture, this book offers a definitive source on a distinguished desert plant.
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