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The Makhteshim Country: a Laboratory of Nature. Geological and Ecological Studies in the Desert Region of Israel

By: B Krasnov (Editor), E Mazor (Editor)

420 pages, 90 colour plates, illustrations, maps, tables

Pensoft Publishers

Hardback | Dec 2001 | #121409 | ISBN: 9546421359
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £69.00 $84/€77 approx

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Language: English


Prologue - Makhteshim country, Ramon science centre and nature laboratory

Part 1 Geology: past and present processes
- structure and landscape evolution of the Makhteshim country - interrelations between monoclines, truncation surfaces and the evolution of the Makhteshim
- relief structure and the quaternary history of the Makhteshim
- Makhtesh Hazera, the Zin Valley and the Dead Sea basin - evolutionary links
- applied archeoseismology - decoding earthquake parameters recorded in archeological ruins
- erosion as the main cause of ongoing desertification in the Makhteshim country

Part 2 Ecology: studying nature at work
- plant species diversity and population dynamics in Mkhtesh Ramon
- Tenebrionid beetles at Makhtesh Ramon - seasonality, diversity and community structure
- lizards of Makhtesh Ramon - habitat, distribution and spatial organization of communities
- rodents of Makhtesh Ramon - habitat distribution and temporal dynamics of the spatial organization of communities
- flea assemblages on rodents in Makhtesh Ramon - host-habitat mediation of host-parasite relationships
- ungulates of Makhtesh Ramon - Idynamics, behaviour, and their conservation implications

Part 3 science and nature conservation: plant sampling protocols for vegetation of arid zones
- a monitoring protocol for a nature reserve - a case study for the Ramon nature reserve
- lichen monitoring in the context of climate change
- millennia of sustained desert agriculture in the Central Negev versus highly preserved ecosystems inside the Makhteshim

Part 4 Science: applications and social relevance
- urban ecology - Mizpe Ramon as an example
- environmental education in Mizpe Ramon
- harmonizing Mizpe Ramon with the surrounding nature

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