By Michael A. Mares
Encyclopedia of Deserts represents a milestone: it's the first accomplished connection with the 1st accomplished connection with deserts and semideserts of the area. nearly 700 entries deal with topics starting from wasteland survival to the best way deserts are shaped. themes contain biology (birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, invertebrates, crops, micro organism, body structure, evolution), geography, climatology, geology, hydrology, anthropology, and background. The thirty-seven individuals, together with quantity editor Michael A. Mares, have had vast careers in deserts learn, encompassing the entire world’s arid and semiarid regions.The Encyclopedia opens with an issue checklist by means of subject, an organizational advisor that is helping the reader clutch interrelationships and complexities in barren region structures. each one access concludes with cross-references to different entries within the quantity, inviting the reader to embark on a private day trip into interesting, formerly unknown terrain. furthermore a listing of significant readings allows in-depth research of every subject. An exhaustive index allows easy accessibility to locations, subject matters, and taxonomic listings of all vegetation and animals discussed.More than 100 pictures, drawings, and maps increase our appreciation of the striking existence, landforms, heritage, and demanding situations of the world’s arid land.
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Tucson: University of Arizona Press. New York: Doubleday. Adventitious Roots. See PLANT ROOTS, ADVENTITIOUS Aeolian Deposits. See WIND EROSION Aeolian Erosion. See WIND TRANSPORT Aestivation. Brief descriptions of some of the major desert areas follow. The northern portion of the delta is converted into a large marsh during periods of flooding, whereas the southern delta is less swampy. The dark shading covers a region that includes both arid and semiarid habitats. Many species of Tamarix grow in areas supporting saline swamps.
Johannesburg: Delta Books. Sydney: Reed. In a similar manner, as less dense air descends to lower elevations its pressure increases and the air becomes warmer and drier through adiabatic processes. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. New York: Harper and Row. New York: Chapman and Hall. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. New York: Oxford University' Press. Mares) struction, particularly in dry climates, where it is not subjected to rapid erosion by rain. The pueblos of the Southwest, in addition to their ethnic, cultural, political, and social significance, are also fine examples of large structures built of adobe.
Pretoria: University of Pretoria. Aardwolves prefer open sandy plains and savannas with a mean annual rainfall of 100800 millimeters; they do not occur in forests or true deserts. The carnassials (the shearing molariform teeth that are present in many meat eaters, such as dogs) are not well developed, but the canines are large and sharp. Aardwolves are not carnivores in the sense that they are meat eaters, although they often use carrion as a source of insects. The hairs of the mane are erected during interactions with other aardwolves or predators to give the appearance of larger size.