By Michael A. Mares
Encyclopedia of Deserts represents a milestone: it's the first entire connection with the 1st entire connection with deserts and semideserts of the area. nearly seven-hundred entries deal with matters starting from wilderness survival to the best way deserts are shaped. themes comprise biology (birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, invertebrates, vegetation, micro organism, body structure, evolution), geography, climatology, geology, hydrology, anthropology, and background. The thirty-seven participants, together with quantity editor Michael A. Mares, have had broad careers in deserts examine, encompassing the entire world’s arid and semiarid regions.The Encyclopedia opens with an issue record via subject, an organizational consultant that is helping the reader snatch interrelationships and complexities in barren region structures. every one access concludes with cross-references to different entries within the quantity, inviting the reader to embark on a private excursion into attention-grabbing, formerly unknown terrain. moreover an inventory of vital readings enables in-depth learn of every subject. An exhaustive index allows easy access to areas, subject matters, and taxonomic listings of all crops and animals discussed.More than 100 pictures, drawings, and maps increase our appreciation of the notable existence, landforms, background, and demanding situations of the world’s arid land.
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New York: Elsevier. The only major river that traverses the Sahara is the Nile, the longest river in the world (6,650 kilometers). South of the tropical rain forest, grassland and semiarid scrubland again appear, grading to the Kalahari and Namib deserts and the complex vegetation types (including the fynbos) that characterize the southern tip of Africa. In addition, the Namib Desert has resulted in part from its position along a western coastline with cold offshore water and dry air over the land, making this a cool, coastal desert, subject to fogs and extremely arid.
Oxford: Cambridge University Press. New York: Academic Press. London: Collins. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Vlaeberg: Fernwood. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. London: Longman. : Westview Press. Berlin: Springer. Females lack the mane and are much smaller, reaching only 180 kilograms. Lacher, Jr. London: Collins. Berkeley: University of California Press. London: Collins. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Pretoria: University of Pretoria.
London: Longman. : Westview Press. Berlin: Springer. Females lack the mane and are much smaller, reaching only 180 kilograms. Lacher, Jr. London: Collins. Berkeley: University of California Press. London: Collins. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Pretoria: University of Pretoria. These agaves produce shorter flowering stalks than the century plants and are species indicative of the Chihuahuan Desert. Leaves are cut from mature plants and crushed between large rollers, or soaked in water and pounded.