Plants in the Deserts of the Middle East

Author: Kamal H. Batanouny
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9783662044803
Release Date: 2013-11-11
Genre: Science

Usually authors write introductions for their books, although they know that not many readers will read it. Despite this, authors insist on writing an introduction and no publisher will publish a book without one. I would like to inform my dear readers that I have spent almost all of the first quarter of my life in a village in the Nile Delta, 65 km north of Cairo. The everyday scenery there was the beautiful green landscape dissected with canals full of running water. All of these were bordered with the huge sycamore, mulberry and acacia trees. The desert was something unknown to me at that time, except for the very basic information given in geography books, which explained that the desert is a place without water or cultiva tion. Some of my ideas about the desert came to me from the stories in the history of Islam and the desert lands where Islam originated. My real attraction to the desert developed in the last year of my under graduate studies. This was during the field courses in Ecology (Prof. A.M.

The Biology of Deserts

Author: David Ward
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780191047312
Release Date: 2016-06-16
Genre: Science

This book offers a concise but comprehensive introduction to desert ecology and adopts a strong evolutionary focus. As with other titles in the Biology of Habitats Series, the emphasis in the book is on the organisms that dominate this harsh environment, although theoretical and experimental aspects are also discussed. In this updated second edition, there is a greater focus on the effects of climate change and some of its likely effects on deserts, seeing desertification as among the most serious results of climate change, leading ultimately to the increasing size of arid and semi-arid regions. The Biology of Deserts Second Edition includes a wide range of ecological and evolutionary issues including morphological and physiological adaptations of desert plants and animals, species interactions, the importance of predation and parasitism, food webs, biodiversity, and conservation. It features a balance of plant and animal (both invertebrate and vertebrate) examples, and also emphasizes topical applied issues such as desertification and invasive species. The book concludes by considering the positive aspects of desert conservation. This accessible textbook is intended for senior undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professional ecologists, conservation practitioners, and resource managers working in the field of desert ecology.

Encyclopedia of Deserts

Author: Michael A. Mares
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806172293
Release Date: 2017-01-19
Genre: Nature

Encyclopedia of Deserts represents a milestone: it is the first comprehensive reference to the first comprehensive reference to deserts and semideserts of the world. Approximately seven hundred entries treat subjects ranging from desert survival to the way deserts are formed. Topics include biology (birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, invertebrates, plants, bacteria, physiology, evolution), geography, climatology, geology, hydrology, anthropology, and history. The thirty-seven contributors, including volume editor Michael A. Mares, have had extensive careers in deserts research, encompassing all of the world’s arid and semiarid regions. The Encyclopedia opens with a subject list by topic, an organizational guide that helps the reader grasp interrelationships and complexities in desert systems. Each entry concludes with cross-references to other entries in the volume, inviting the reader to embark on a personal expedition into fascinating, previously unknown terrain. In addition a list of important readings facilitates in-depth study of each topic. An exhaustive index permits quick access to places, topics, and taxonomic listings of all plants and animals discussed. More than one hundred photographs, drawings, and maps enhance our appreciation of the remarkable life, landforms, history, and challenges of the world’s arid land.

Environmental Physiology of Animals

Author: Pat Willmer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444309225
Release Date: 2009-03-12
Genre: Science

The new and updated edition of this accessible text provides a comprehensive overview of the comparative physiology of animals within an environmental context. Includes two brand new chapters on Nerves and Muscles and the Endocrine System. Discusses both comparative systems physiology and environmental physiology. Analyses and integrates problems and adaptations for each kind of environment: marine, seashore and estuary, freshwater, terrestrial and parasitic. Examines mechanisms and responses beyond physiology. Applies an evolutionary perspective to the analysis of environmental adaptation. Provides modern molecular biology insights into the mechanistic basis of adaptation, and takes the level of analysis beyond the cell to the membrane, enzyme and gene. Incorporates more varied material from a wide range of animal types, with less of a focus purely on terrestrial reptiles, birds and mammals and rather more about the spectacularly successful strategies of invertebrates. A companion site for this book with artwork for downloading is available at: www.blackwellpublishing.com/willmer/

Physische Geographie

Author: Alan H. Strahler
Publisher: UTB
ISBN: 9783825281595
Release Date: 2009-09-16
Genre: Science

Jetzt durchgehend farbig gestaltet! Dieses Lehrbuch zur Physical Geography erschien erstmals vor vier Jahrzehnten und gilt seither, auch außerhalb des englischen Sprachraums, als eines der führenden Studienbücher der Physischen Geographie. Nun wurde das bewährte Lehrbuch komplett neu bearbeitet. Diese 4. Auflage der Physischen Geographie führt die Stärken der vorhergehenden Auflagen fort und enthält zahlreiche Neuerungen: Text und Abbildungen sind aktualisiert und viele neue Inhalte sind hinzugekommen. Erweitert sind auch die Abschnitte über Umwelt und Naturschätze mit Themen wie geothermale Energiequellen, Erdbeben als Umweltrisiken oder die grüne Revolution. Aus dem Inhalt: - Die Erde als rotierender Planet - Die globale Energiebilanz - Lufttemperatur - Luftfeuchtigkeit und Niederschlag - Winde und globale Zirkulation - Globale Klimasysteme - Biogeographische Prozesse - Die Vegetationszonen der Erde - Böden der Welt - Gesteine und Minerale - Lithosphäre und Plattentektonik - Vulkanisch und tektonisch bedingte Oberflächenformen - Verwitterung, Massenbewegungen und periglaziale Prozesse - Das Süßwasser der Kontinente - Fluviale Geomorphodynamik - Oberflächenformen und Gesteinsstruktur - Küsten - Eiszeiten und glaziale Landschaften

Wildlife of the Deserts

Author: Frederic H. Wagner
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Incorporated
ISBN: UOM:39076005004184
Release Date: 1980
Genre: Science

Vividly depicts the harsh beauty and colorful variety of the desert environment, revealing the extreme and often amazing adaptations of its wildlife

Life in the Desert ENHANCED eBook

Author: Ilene L. Follman
Publisher: Lorenz Educational Press
ISBN: 9781429115919
Release Date: 1995-09-01
Genre:

The information and activities in this resource book enhance children's knowledge and awareness about the components of a desert environment, including geography, soil and other geological characteristics, weather, plants, and animals. Students will discover where deserts are located in the world. They will find out what characteristics these deserts have in common, what lives there, and how the living things survive. Activities that emphasize plant and animal interdependence, food chains, and protection will enable students to relate the structure of the animal's body to functions necessary for its survival. Students will also begin to discover how they, as humans, would react to living conditions in a desert environment. Four transparencies (print books) or PowerPoint slides (eBooks) are included to engage students in discussion and reinforce the concepts presented in the book.

Wasserschildkr ten

Author: Hartmut Wilke
Publisher: GRÄFE UND UNZER
ISBN: 3833805943
Release Date: 2007-08
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies

Sumpf- und Wasserschildkröten existieren auf unserem Planeten schon seit rund 250 Millionen Jahren, und ähneln dadurch Relikten aus einer längst vergangenen Zeit. Diese Tatsache sowie ihr einzigartiges und zum Teil sehr exotisches Äußeres sind nur zwei von vielen Faktoren, die das stetige Wachsen ihrer Fangemeinde erklären, zu der sich auch der Biologe Hartmut Wilke zählt. Seit über 20 Jahren sammelt er Erkenntnisse über diese Reptilien und hat in diesem Ratgeber sein geballtes Wissen und seine praxisbezogenen Tipps zur Schildkrötenhaltung für Sie zusammengestellt. Dadurch wird es Ihnen leicht gemacht, auf die individuellen Bedürfnisse Ihrer Schildkröten genau eingehen zu können, so dass sie fit und gesund bleiben. Bei einer optimalen Pflege steht nun einer lebenslangen und glücklichen Freundschaft zwischen Ihnen und Ihrem Heimtier nichts mehr im Weg!

Philip s guide to deserts

Author:
Publisher:
ISBN: 0540089486
Release Date: 2006-10-01
Genre: Nature

Philip's Guide to Deserts is a highly illustrated introduction to the world's desert regions - their formation, their highly adapted animal and plant life, their precarious ecologies and natural resources, and their extraordinarily varied human populations. The authors discuss the amazing adaptations that both fauna and flora have evolved to survive. They also look at desert peoples, their customs and religions, and describe how many have flourished in some of the most inhospitable places on Earth. They provide an indepth study of the world's desert resources, both the mineral riches and agricultural potential they offer, and how these are impacted by broad regional water strategies. The authors give useful information on which desert locations to visit and their significant cultural, historical and archaeological sites, as well as a thoughtful look at the future ecological and social issues that confront desert peoples. An Atlas section maps the world's deserts region by region, charting their area, resources, and threats both man-made and natural. The general editors are Professor Tony Allan and Professor Andrew Warren, of London University. Professor Allan is an expert on water resource management in the Middle East and Africa; Professor Warren is a specialist in desert sand dunes, desertification and soil erosion.