Atlas of the World's Deserts / Edition 1

Atlas of the World's Deserts / Edition 1

by Nathaniel Harris
     
 

ISBN-10: 1579583105

ISBN-13: 9781579583101

Pub. Date: 09/08/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

A vividly illustrated work, the Atlas of the World's Deserts describes the hostile and extreme environments that cover more than a seventh of the world's surface. Yet, in spite of such harsh conditions, fauna and flora have developed and flourished, and humans have adapted to living in a seemingly inhospitable environment. The atlas examines in detail all aspects

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A vividly illustrated work, the Atlas of the World's Deserts describes the hostile and extreme environments that cover more than a seventh of the world's surface. Yet, in spite of such harsh conditions, fauna and flora have developed and flourished, and humans have adapted to living in a seemingly inhospitable environment. The atlas examines in detail all aspects of the deserts, their geology, geography, history, culture, and biodiversity, from the Polar Regions to the Sahara and the Mojave Desert. Sidebars highlight particular aspects of the story of the deserts, such as the formation of sand dunes and the cave-dwelling quartz miners of central Australia. The numerous full color illustrations include spectacular, large-scale photographs that capture the stark beauty of the desert's color and light and original maps that illustrate the varying topography of the different regions. Each chapter concentrates on a specific characteristic of deserts including the process by which deserts are formed, the plants and animals that inhabit the desert, and the desert in modern times. Separating the chapters are unique atlas sections that contain detailed maps of the deserts of different continents along with commentary and facts particular to that specific desert. The Atlas of the World's Deserts is a vibrant and thorough portrait of the desert regions of the world and an excellent resource for exploring every feature of the desert ecosystem.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579583101
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/08/2003
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
11 Years

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Table of Contents

Introduction6
Atlas: World Map of Aridity10
Ch. 1How Deserts Form12
Atlas: African Deserts24
Ch. 2Sand, Rock, and Rubble42
Atlas: Asian Deserts58
Ch. 3Plants of the Desert74
Ch. 4Creatures of the Desert88
Atlas: American Deserts112
Ch. 5The Desert in History130
Ch. 6The Modern Desert144
Atlas: Australia and the Poles156
Ch. 7Wealth from the Desert168
Ch. 8Spreading Deserts178
Glossary186
Bibliography188
Index190

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