Deserts of the Earth

Extraordinary Images of Extreme Environments

Author: Michael Martin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500511947

Category: Nature

Page: 371

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From the Rub al-Khali and the Sinai to the Great Sandy, the Great Basin and the Kalahari, Michael Martin, an internationally renowned photographer, has travelled through every desert on Earth, crossing Asia, Australia, the Americas and Africa, to compile this beautifully photographed volume. Far from being bleak and barren wastelands, these deserts boast natural features of staggering beauty. Afghanistan’s Bamian region is notable for its deep turquoise lakes set amidst towering, rocky mountains. The Danakil’s unnamed volcanoes glow in the Ethiopian night, while Chile’s Atacama region harbours geysers that can erupt at any moment. In addition to these awe-inspiring landscapes, Martin introduces us to the stoic peoples who eke out an existence in such inhospitable environments.
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Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life

Author: Cecie Starr,Ralph Taggart,Christine Evers,Lisa Starr

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1305544706

Category: Science

Page: 1024

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Written by a team of best-selling authors, BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, 14th Edition reveals the biological world in wondrous detail. Packed with eye-catching photos and images, this text engages students with applications and activities that encourage critical thinking. Chapter opening Learning Roadmaps help students focus on the topics that matter most and section-ending “Take Home Messages” reinforce key concepts. Helpful in-text features include a running glossary, case studies, issue-related essays, linked concepts, self-test questions, data analysis problems, and more. The accompanying MindTap for Biology is the most engaging and easiest to customize online solution in Biology. Known for a clear, accessible style, BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, 14th Edition puts the living world of biology under a microscope for students to analyze, understand, and enjoy! Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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Volume 2 - Evolution of Life

Author: Cecie Starr,Ralph Taggart,Christine Evers,Lisa Starr

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1305724801

Category: Science

Page: 112

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Written by a team of best-selling authors, BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, 14th Edition reveals the biological world in wondrous detail. Packed with eye-catching photos and images, this text shows and tells the fascinating story of life on Earth, and engages readers with hands-on activities that encourage critical thinking. Chapter opening Learning Roadmaps help you focus on the topics that matter most and section-ending Take Home Messages reinforce key concepts. Helpful in-text features include a running glossary, case studies, issue-related essays, linked concepts, self-test questions, data analysis problems, and more. Known for a clear, accessible style, BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, 14th Edition puts the living world of biology under a microscope for readers from all walks of life to analyze, understand, and enjoy! Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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The Desert

Lands of Lost Borders

Author: Michael Welland

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780233892

Category: Nature

Page: 232

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From endless sand dunes and prickly cacti to shimmering mirages and green oases, deserts evoke contradictory images in us. They are lands of desolation, but also of romance, of blistering Mojave heat and biting Gobi cold. Covering a quarter of the earth’s land mass and providing a home to half a billion people, they are both a physical reality and landscapes of the mind. The idea of the desert has long captured Western imagination, put on display in films and literature, but these portrayals often fail to capture the true scope and diversity of the people living there. Bridging the scientific and cultural gaps between perception and reality, The Desert celebrates our fascination with these arid lands and their inhabitants, as well as their importance both throughout history and in the world today. Covering an immense geographical range, Michael Welland wanders from the Sahara to the Atacama, depicting the often bizarre adaptations of plants and animals to these hostile environments. He also looks at these seemingly infertile landscapes in the context of their place in history—as the birthplaces not only of critical evolutionary adaptations, civilizations, and social progress, but also of ideologies. Telling the stories of the diverse peoples who call the desert home, he describes how people have survived there, their contributions to agricultural development, and their emphasis on water and its scarcity. He also delves into the allure of deserts and how they have been used in literature and film and their influence on fashion, art, and architecture. As Welland reveals, deserts may be difficult to define, but they play an active role in the evolution of our global climate and society at large, and their future is of the utmost importance. Entertaining, informative, and surprising, The Desert is an intriguing new look at these seemingly harsh and inhospitable landscapes.
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Algae and Cyanobacteria in Extreme Environments

Author: Joseph Seckbach

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402061129

Category: Science

Page: 813

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This collection of essays is devoted to algae that are unexpectedly found in harsh habitats. The authors explain how these algae thrive in various temperature ranges, extreme pH values, salt solutions, UV radiation, dryness, heavy metals, anaerobic niches, various levels of illumination, and hydrostatic pressure. Not only do the essays provide clues about life on the edges of the Earth, but possibly elsewhere in the universe as well.
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Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

Author: Muriel Gargaud,Ricardo Amils,Henderson James Cleaves

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642112714

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 1853

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Astrobiology is a remarkably interdisciplinary field. This reference serves as a key to understanding technical terms from the different subfields of astrobiology, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, the geosciences and the space sciences.
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Extraordinary Animals

An Encyclopedia of Curious and Unusual Animals

Author: Ross Piper

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313339226

Category: Nature

Page: 298

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Provides information on the scientific name and classification, appearance and size, habitat, and unique characteristics of each of over one hundred animals, which have been grouped into eight categories based on exceptional features.
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Life at Extremes

Environments, Organisms, and Strategies for Survival

Author: Elanor Bell

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 1845938143

Category: Science

Page: 554

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From arid deserts to icy poles, outer space to the depths of the sea, this exciting new work studies the remarkable life forms that have made these inhospitable environments their home. Covering not only micro-organisms, but also higher plants and animals such as worms, fish and polar plants, this book details the ecological, biological and biogeochemical challenges these organisms face and unifying themes between environments. Equally useful for the expert, student and casual scientific reader, this book also explores the impact of climate change, rapid seasonal changes and pollution on these extraordinary creatures.
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