Ecological Communities and Processes in a Mojave Desert Ecosystemby Philip W. Rundel, Arthur C. Gibson
Pub. Date: 07/28/2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The Mojave Desert is a winter-rainfall desert, experiencing drought in the summer months and occasional rain during the cooler winter months. For many years it has attracted the attention of ecologists and conservation biologists concerned with maintaining the unique status of this region. This book provides a broad overview of plant and animal ecology in the Mojave Desert, with a focus on data from Rock Valley, Nevada. The data from many major research projects is organized into a synthesis describing community structure and dynamics in desert ecosystems.
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Table of ContentsPreface; 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.
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