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Deserts and Desert Environments

By: Julie Laity

342 pages, B/w illus


Paperback | Oct 2008 | #170165 | ISBN-13: 9781577180333
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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.


1. Introduction2. Deserts of the World3. The Climatic Framework4. The Hydrologic Framework5. Lake Systems: Past and Present6. Weathering Processes and Hillslope Systems7. Geomorphic Surfaces8. Water as a Geomorphic Agent9. Aeolian Processes10. Landforms of Erosion and Desert Dust11. Plant Communities and Environmental Requirements12. Animal Communities13. Desertification and the Human Dimension

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Julie Laity is a Professor at California State University, Northridge, USA. Her work has focused on deserts, looking at aeolian, fluvial, and groundwater systems, and the impact of environmental degradation on wind-blown sand and dust events. Her research on groundwater-sapping systems and wind erosion has been used to aid our understanding of Martian environments.

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