This volume in the Greenwood Guides to Biomes of the World focuses on deserts, the seemingly desolatebut actually quite livelyregions that are home to some of the most interesting and beautiful flora and fauna in the world. Desert Biomes examines three different types of biomes: warm/hot deserts (such as the Mojave and Sahara deserts), cold deserts (such as Patagonia in South America), and the West Coast Fog Desert biomes, which occur on certain regions of the western edge of major continents. The volumes examines how these biomes are unique in terms of their vegetation, geographical distribution, soil, challenges posed by the environment, adaptation of the plants and animals to the environment, and conservation efforts. Maps, photos, diagrams, drawings, and tables accompany the text, as do sidebars that highlight habitats, species, and ecological relationships. The volume includes a bibliography of accessible resources for further research.
About the Author
Joyce A. Quinn is Professor Emerita in the Department of Geography at California State University, Fresno. She earned an MA from the University of Colorado and a PhD from Arizona State University, specializing in the effect of climate on the distribution of plants. Travel throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, Northern and Southern Africa, Uzbekistan, Nepal, China, Southeast Asia, Micronesia, among others allowed her to experience several biomes firsthand.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2 Warm Deserts
Chapter 3 Cold Deserts
Chapter 4 West Coast Fog Deserts
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