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Deserts
     

Deserts

by Marco Stoppato, Alfredo Bini, Linda M. Eklund (Translator)
 

A quick reference to the planet's driest regions.

Deserts is an abundantly illustrated handbook that examines the fascinating eco-systems of 49 major deserts. Studying the history of deserts improves our understanding of the climatic conditions that create hostile environments. Deserts are located on every continent — including Antarctica. The

Overview

A quick reference to the planet's driest regions.

Deserts is an abundantly illustrated handbook that examines the fascinating eco-systems of 49 major deserts. Studying the history of deserts improves our understanding of the climatic conditions that create hostile environments. Deserts are located on every continent — including Antarctica. The book covers each with concise descriptions and quick-reference symbols and charts that display vital statistics such as average rainfall and temperatures, and expanse.

Deserts are defined by their aridity and this lack of water results in conditions that are hostile to flora and fauna, prevent soil, and cause extreme swings of temperature.

For instance, equatorial deserts can experience drops from 122°F during the day to less than -13°F at night.

Some deserts are very old — the
Kalahari has existed for 65-135 million years. Others are relative newcomers — the Sahara was Africa's Land-o-Lakes until the last Ice Age.

Seven North American deserts are featured: Sonora, Anza Borrego, Death Valley, Gran Desierto de Altar, Mojave, Great Salt Lake, and Great Basin.

Editorial Reviews

The Science Teacher
Extraordinary reference... pleasure to browse or read... stunning photography that illustrates the dramatic diversity and beauty of the world's deserts.
— Jane H. Evans
E-Streams
A fascinating work... the artistic quality of individual photographs is evident and make reading this book a joy.
— Kathy Piselli
Science Books and Films
Excellent book on deserts of the world.
— Jennifer L. Rechel
Choice
Filled with lovely images of desert regions.
— J.W. Green
Califoronia Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review - Diane C. Donomvan
General-interest libraries strong on biomes and natural history will find a fine lay reader's guide to deserts in this illustrated survey of the ecology and nature of world deserts. Color photos and illustrations abound in a presentation packed with not only natural history but cultural and social insights into the societies which inhaibt desert environments around the world, making for an excellent pick for both science and social science holdings.
The Science Teacher - Jane H. Evans
An extraordinary reference book that any teacher of physical geography or ecology must have. Packed with information, this Firefly Guide is a pleasure to browse or read. Yet its greatest strength lies in its stunning photography that illustrates the dramatic diversity and beauty of the world's deserts.
Science Books and Films - Jennifer L. Rechel
Excellent book on deserts of the world.
E-Streams - Kathy Piselli
A fascinating work, which spans the deserts of the globe, treating each with the importance that it deserves... the artistic quality of individual photographs is evident and make reading this book a joy.
Choice - J.W. Green
Filled with lovely images of desert regions.
Children's Literature
This scholarly book assumes some prior reader knowledge of global cimate and weather. The section about dunes includes the relative granular sizes of silt vs. sand vs. grit! It is a detailed and exhaustive resource for advanced students of geology and soil science. There is also a brief discussion on archeology in the "Desert Chronicle" section. For the lay person, it is helpful to begin with a "picture walk" through the breathtaking photographs of edeyen (sea of dunes) and hammada (rocky deserts) and then consult the index with specific questions. The most practical information is in the "Desert Guides," which span six continents. Every guide includes the expanse, average temperature, and rainfall for the region, and highlights morphological points of interest for travelers. The book concludes with a glossary of scientific terms, e.g., albedo and diaper. Most of them wouldn't flow naturally in to everyday conversation, but they do create exciting possibilities for Scrabble. 2003 (orig. 2001), Firefly Books Ltd, Ages 12 up.
— Tina Dybvik

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552976692
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Series:
A Firefly Guide Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Marco C. Stoppato is a leading science photographer and geologist. His photographs appear in many travel and popular science magazines, including No Limits, Focus, Gullivers, Scienza & Vita, Aqua and Newton.

Alfredo Bini teaches Geomorphology at the faculty of Geological Sciences at the University of Milan, Italy. An expert in landscape evolution, he has contributed to numerous scientific publications.

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