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Deserts: A Very Short Introduction

Popular Science

Series: Very Short Introduction Series Volume: 215

By: Nick Middleton

144 pages, 15 b & w line drawings

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Nov 2009 | #180052 | ISBN-13: 9780199564309
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About this book

Deserts make up a third of the planet's land surface, but if you picture a desert, what comes to mind? A wasteland? A drought? A place devoid of all life forms?

Deserts are remarkable places. Typified by drought and extremes of temperature, they can be harsh and hostile; but many deserts are also spectacularly beautiful, and on occasion teem with life. Nick Middleton explores how each desert is unique: through fantastic life forms, extraordinary scenery, and ingenious human adaptations. He demonstrates a desert's immense natural beauty, its rich biodiversity, and uncovers a long history of successful human occupation.


Contents

PREFACE;
1. Desert Climates;
2. Desert Landscapes;
3. The Nature of Deserts;
4. People and Deserts;
5. Deserts Connections


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