Ecology of desert systems /

Conventional wisdom considers deserts stark, harsh regions that support few living things. Most people also believe that water alone makes the desert bloom. Ecology of Desert Systems challenges these conventional views. This volume explores a broad range of topics of interest to ecosystem, populatio...

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Main Author: Whitford, W. G. 1936-
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: San Diego : Academic Press, ©2002.
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505 0 |a Conceptual framework and paradigms -- Landforms, geomorphology, and vegetation -- Characterization of desert climates -- Wind and water processes -- Patch-mosaic dynamics -- Adaptations -- Primary production -- Consumers, consumption, and secondary production -- Decomposition and nutrient cycling -- Desertification -- Monitoring and assessment -- Desert ecosystems in the future. 
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