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Great Warm Deserts of the World: Landscapes and Evolution

By: Andrew S Goudie

444 pages, 22 col and 37 b/w plates, 161 figs

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Dec 2002 | #137609 | ISBN: 0199245150
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About this book

Surveys of the nature and history of the landscapes of the world's great warm deserts and illustrates how their distinctive features have developed in response to major climatic and tectonic changes over millions of years. The treatment is a regional one, and each of the world's major warm deserts has its own chapter.

The figures and the colour plates are excellent and of high quality. They are highly informative ... the author has succeeded in providing a comparatively homogenous and highly informative work on the geomorphology and climatic conditions of the warm deserts of the world. It is a most valuable treatment of these environmentally extraordinary regions. Plant Systematics and Evolution ... For those who have yet to discover the deserts ... I fully recommend it. The Holocene ... 24 colour plates illustrate both the stunning beauty and the diversity of desert landscapes ... engaging and well-written, with a large array of superbly drafted figures which will be of considerable value to those of us who teach desert geomorphology. The Holocene ... a useful addition to the existing literature. The Holocene ... a well-presented book, aimed principally at physical geographers and Earth scientists, with numerous maps, tables and illustrations. The Holocene This will be a standard work for many years to come; a reference book and a source of much interest, even enjoyment, to geomorphologists, desert travellers and naturalists worldwide. Geography


Contents

INTRODUCTION; THE DESERTS OF NORTH AMERICA; THE DESERTS OF SOUTH AMERICA; THE SAHARA; THE LIBYAN DESERT; THE NAMIB; THE KALAHARI AND THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN INTERIOR; THE MIDDLE EAST; THE DESERTS OF INDIA AND PAKISTAN; THE DESERTS OF CENTRAL ASIA AND CHINA; AUSTRALIA; CONCLUSIONS

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