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Deserts and Desert Environments focuses on geomorphic systems, providing a comprehensive introduction to the physical, biological, temporal, and human components of drylands. Taking a global perspective, the book examines physical systems including climate, hydrology, past and present lakes, weathering, hillslopes, geomorphic surfaces, water as a geomorphic agent, and aeolian processes. It investigates the nature, environmental requirements, and essential geomorphic roles of plants and animals in this stressful biological environment. It considers the impact of human population growth on climate, desertification, water resources, and dust storm activity. It covers surface/atmosphere interactions and the impact of ENSO events, exploring recent advances in understanding the temporal and spatial variability of deserts.
The breadth of coverage and accessible style make "Deserts and Desert Environments" ideal for introductory students of desert systems or desert geomorphology, as well as a useful reference for scientists and environmental professionals.