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Overview

The Sonoran Desert is one of the most diverse and fascinating regions in the world. Covering southeastern California, the southern half of Arizona, most of Baja California, and much of the state of Sonora, Mexico, this vast area is home to an amazing variety of plants and animals.. "A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert provides the most complete collection of Sonoran Desert natural history information ever compiled and is a perfect introduction to this biologically rich desert of North America.
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Editorial Reviews

Sunset Magazine
An indispensable guide for any desert visitor.
Santa Fe New Mexican
A Natural History will go with me on my next road trip west.
Arizona Daily Star
Solid and ambitious.
Santa Fe New Mexican
"A Natural History will go with me on my next road trip west."
Santa Fe New Mexican
A Natural History will go with me on my next road trip west.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520219809
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 12/22/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 639
  • Sales rank: 353,986
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, located 14 miles west of Tucson, is an internationally recognized leader in natural history interpretation and innovative exhibitry. This book is the result of a collaboration by staff members at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, who provided their expertise in geology, geomorphology, paleoecology, botany, ethnobotany, plant ecology, mammalogy, ornithology, herpetolgy, invertebrate zoology and ichthyology. Their work was supplemented by contributions from approximately twenty outside scholars.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Welcome to the Sonoran Desert 1
Biomes and Communities of the Sonoran Desert Region 3
Sonoran Desert Natural Events Calendar 19
Nature Watching in the Sonoran Desert Region 29
Desert Storms 41
Desert Air and Light 51
The Deep History of the Sonoran Desert 61
The Geologic Origin of the Sonoran Desert 71
Desert Soils 87
Human Ecology of the Sonoran Desert 105
Biodiversity: The Variety of Life that Sustains Our Own 119
Plant Ecology of the Sonoran Desert Region 127
Flowering Plants of the Sonoran Desert 153
Desert Grasses 265
Invertebrates 281
The Desert Adaptations of Birds & Mammals 365
Bird Accounts 373
Mammal Accounts 459
Fishes of the Desert 509
Adaptations of Desert Amphibians & Reptiles 527
Reptile & Amphibian Accounts 533
Afterword 587
Glossary 589
Index 593
Contributors 625
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