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Natural History of the Sonoran Desert (Paperback)

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The landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region varies dramatically from parched desert lowlands to semiarid tropical forests and frigid subalpine meadows. Covering southeasternmost California, much of southern and central Arizona, most of Baja California, and much of the state of Sonora, Mexico, it is home to an extraordinary variety of plants and animals. A Natural History of the Sonoran Deserttakes readers deep into its vast expanse, looking closely at the relationships of plants and animals with the land and people, through time and across landscapes.Using accessible language, more than forty scientists and/or naturalists take a look at the region’s biodiversity, geology, weather, plants, and animals (from invertebrates to fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals), as well as potential threats to the species and habitats. Throughout, the text is supplemented with anecdotes, essays, photographs, maps, diagrams, and 450 finely rendered drawings. This new edition adds chapters on the Sky Islands, Sea of Cortez, desert pollinators, and conservation issues. Taxonomic nomenclature has been updated and new color plates and figures have been added. This comprehensive natural history, like the original edition, will surely become an invaluable companion for nature enthusiasts, birdwatchers, hikers, students, naturalists, and anyone interested in the desert Southwest.
Covering southeasternmost California, much of southern and central Arizona, most of Baja California, and much of the state of Sonora in Mexico, the Sonoran Desert Region is home to an amazing variety of plants and animals. Its terrain varies dramatically from parched desert lowlands to semiarid tropical forests and frigid subalpine meadows.A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert takes readers deep into this vast expanse, looking closely at the relationships of plants and animals with the land and people, through time and across landscapes.

Using accessible language, more than forty scientists and naturalists examine the region?s biodiversity, geology, weather, plants, and animalsfrom invertebrates to fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammalsas well as potential threats to species and habitats. The text is supplemented with anecdotes, essays, photographs, maps, diagrams, and 450 finely rendered drawings. This new edition adds chapters on the Sky Islands, the Sea of Cortez, desert pollinators, and conservation issues including climate change. Taxonomic nomenclature has been updated and new color plates and figures have been added. This comprehensive natural history, like the original edition, will surely become an invaluable companion for nature enthusiasts, birdwatchers, hikers, students, naturalists, and anyone interested in the desert Southwest.
Number of Pages: 57524
Genre: Nature
Sub-Genre: Ecology
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Language: English
Street Date: November 17, 2015
TCIN: 31170853
UPC: 9780520287471
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-3130
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