Ecological Communities and Processes in a Mojave Desert Ecosystem

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Overview

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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'... 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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521021418
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

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.

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