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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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Whitford, W. G. 1936-
Format: eBook
Published: San Diego : Academic Press, ©2002.
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • 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.