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About this book
About this book
Deserts provide a harsh and inhospitable environment for plants and animals, and the ecosystem is correspondingly fragile and prone to disruption by a variety of external factors. This book presents an overview of plant and animal ecology in the Mojave Desert, concentrating on data from a number of research projects in Rock Valley, Nevada. The resulting synthesis describes community structure and dynamics in desert ecosystems, and will thus be of value to graduate students and researchers interested in desert ecology.
Preface; Historical prologue on Rock Valley studies; 1. Introduction to the Mojave Desert; 2. Physical geography of Rock Valley; 3. Adaptations of Mojave Desert plants; 4. Desert perennials of southern Nevada; 5. Mojave Desert annuals; 6. Adaptations of Mojave Desert animals; 7. Mammals; 8. Reptiles; 9. Birds; 10. Arthropods; 11. Soil organisms and seed reserves; 12. Nitrogen cycling; 13. Human impacts on Mojave Desert ecosystems; Literature cited; Index.
400 pages, 67 b/w photos, 76 illus, 143 tabs, 34 graphs, 6 maps
'... important and occasionally quite unexpected conclusions add to the interest and value of this fine volume.' J. L. Cloudsley-Thompson, Journal of Arid Environments 'Naturalists, desert ecologists and teachers will find this book useful.' Tree '... a successful book on the existing level of knowledge of the desert ecosystem of Rock Valley and the Mojave Desert.' W. Frey, Botanishche Jahrbucher '... will serve as an outstanding source book ... With luck this work will inspire others to produce similar syntheses for other IBP validation sites.' Steve P. McLaughlin, Progress in Physical Geography 'I happily recommend this book to all who are interested in whole organism biology. It is a source book of ideas, as well as an exemplary account of one special area of great interest: an unexpected product of the Cold War. Out of the strong has come forth sweetness.' A. D. Q. Agnew, Annals of Botany