A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert

Author: Steven John Phillips,Patricia Wentworth Comus,Mark Alan Dimmitt,Linda M. Brewer

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520287479

Category: Nature

Page: 590

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"This book takes readers deep into the Sonoran Desert, looking closely at the relationships of plants and animals with the land and people, through time and across landscapes. Beginning with its deep biotic and geologic history, the text unveils fascinating ecological adaptations to this desert. The book focuses on the Arizona Upland Subdivision but also touches upon other subdivisions of the Sonoran Desert and associated biotic communities. In clearly accessible language, dozens of naturalists and/or scientists have spelled out the basic concepts of this desert's biodiversity, geology, weather, plants, and animals (from invertebrates to fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals). It explains phenomena of desert light, Sky Islands, and rainfall patterns, flowering and pollination, human impacts and much more. Details on the form, habits, and habitat for hundreds of Sonoran Desert species are presented in accounts covering nearly two-thirds of the volume's 600-plus pages. As in the original publication, the new edition includes color plates highlighting Sonoran Desert landscapes, as well as maps, figures, and more than 400 black and white illustrations. Chapters on when and where to watch the spectacular nature of the region have been updated in this edition for readers inspired to journey over its lands and waters to peruse it in three dimensions"--Provided by publisher.

House in the Sun

A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert

Author: George Olin

Publisher: Western National Parks Association

ISBN: 9781877856396

Category: Nature

Page: 210

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A Natural History of the Mojave Desert

Author: Lawrence R. Walker,Frederick H. Landau

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 0816532621

Category: Nature

Page: 344

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Invites readers to explore the smallest and most unique southwestern desert, the beautiful Mojave--Provided by publisher.

Ecology and Natural History of Desert Lizards

Analyses of the Ecological Niche and Community Structure

Author: Eric R. Pianka

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400886147

Category: Science

Page: 222

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Eric Pianka offers a synthesis of his life's work on the comparative ecology of lizard assemblages in the Great Basin. Mojave and Sonoran deserts of western North America, the Kalahari semi-desert of southern Africa, and the Great Victoria desert of Western Australia. Originally published in 1986. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Dry borders

great natural reserves of the Sonoran desert

Author: Richard Stephen Felger,Bill Broyles

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780874808186

Category: Science

Page: 799

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An excursion into the Sonoran Desert along the U.S.-Mexico border brings to life the beauty of a spare and seductive terrain, telling the stories of the people, plants, and politics that layer a landscape in need of understanding and protection. Simultaneous.

The Sonoran Desert Tortoise

Natural History, Biology, and Conservation

Author: Thomas R. Van Devender

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816526062

Category: Science

Page: 388

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One of the most recognizable animals of the Southwest, the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) makes its home in both the Sonoran and Mohave Deserts, as well as in tropical areas to the south in Mexico. Called by Tohono O'odham people "komik'c-ed," or "shell with living thing inside," it is one of the few desert creatures kept as a domestic petÑas well as one of the most studied reptiles in the world. Most of our knowledge of desert tortoises comes from studies of Mohave Desert populations in California and Nevada. However, the ecology, physiology, and behavior of these northern populations are quite different from those of their southern, Sonoran Desert, and tropical cousins, which have been studied much less. Differences in climate and habitat have shaped the evolution of three races of desert tortoises as they have adapted to changes in heat, rainfall, and sources of food and shelter as the deserts developed in the last ten million years. This book presents the first comprehensive summary of the natural history, biology, and conservation of the Sonoran and Sinaloan desert tortoises, reviewing the current state of knowledge of these creatures with appropriate comparisons to Mohave tortoises. It condenses a vast amount of information on population ecology, activity, and behavior based on decades of studying tortoise populations in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, and also includes important material on the care and protection of tortoises. Thirty-two contributors address such topics as tortoise fossil records, DNA analysis, and the mystery of secretive hatchlings and juveniles. Tortoise health is discussed in chapters on the care of captives, and original data are presented on the diets of wild and captive tortoises, the nutrient content of plant foods, and blood parameters of healthy tortoises. Coverage of conservation issues includes husbandry methods for captive tortoises, an overview of protective measures, and an evaluation of threats to tortoises from introduced grass and wildfires. A final chapter on cultural knowledge presents stories and songs from indigenous peoples and explores their understanding of tortoises. As the only comprehensive book on the desert tortoise, this volume gathers a vast amount of information for scientists, veterinarians, and resource managers while also remaining useful to general readers who keep desert tortoises as backyard pets. It will stand as an enduring reference on this endearing creature for years to come.

Mountain Islands and Desert Seas

A Natural History of the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands

Author: Frederick R. Gehlbach

Publisher: Texas A & M University Press

ISBN: 9780890965665

Category: Nature

Page: 298

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"The most difficult stewardship is yet to come," was the final sentence in biologist Fred Gehlbach's 1981 book about the troubled natural history of the U.S.-Mexico border region. Mountain Islands and Desert Seas was the result of Gehlbach's years of study, travel, and intensifying dismay over the continuing development and degradation of a beautiful land where jaguars, grizzlies, and bighorn sheep once roamed. Today, the environment for environmentalism is more favorable and Mountain Islands and Desert Seas has now been released in paperback for a new audience. As Gehlbach suggests in his preface to the new edition, one millennium may be ending with heightened awareness, but in the decade since his book's first publication, "exceptional native landscapes remain unprotected or have been erased to provide human living space." Gehlbach's observations throughout the book are personal and passionate, and his pleas for change are backed by sobering statistics and illustration. One section of color photographs is labeled "Natural and Unnatural History," with paired photographs that show, for example a polluted rivulet through mine tailings and an unspoiled creek. The chapters visit the various regions and eras of the Borderlands, from the days of giant mammals to the first incursion of humans to the escalating arms race in which humans used more and more efficient weapons to rid the landscape of its natural inhabitants. The final chapter of the book relates the lessons of environmental abuse and alternatives for alleviating damage to the Borderlands, an area termed "living museums." Mountain Islands and Desert Seas was praised upon its publication, with Sierra magazine calling it "a first-rate natural history of the entire U.S.-Mexican border area. . . . [The reader] may profit greatly from the author's readable style and his sense of what is environmentally appropriate." Arizona Highways said it was "deeply rewarding reading for those even mildly interested in the environment and the region from the south of the Rio Grande to California's Imperial Valley."

A Natural History of Amphibians

Author: Robert Cyril Stebbins,Nathan W. Cohen

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691102511

Category: Nature

Page: 316

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Amphibia, the animal group that includes frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians, contains more than 4,500 known living species and new ones are being discovered continuously. This book focuses on the natural history of amphibians worldwide, how interaction with their environment over time has affected their evolutionary processes and what factors will determine their destinies. 37 photos. 52 line illus.

The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History

Author: Andrew C. Isenberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199394474

Category: Science

Page: 640

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The field of environmental history emerged just decades ago but has established itself as one of the most innovative and important new approaches to history, one that bridges the human and natural world, the humanities and the sciences. With the current trend towards internationalizing history, environmental history is perhaps the quintessential approach to studying subjects outside the nation-state model, with pollution, global warming, and other issues affecting the earth not stopping at national borders. With 25 essays, this Handbook is global in scope and innovative in organization, looking at the field thematically through such categories as climate, disease, oceans, the body, energy, consumerism, and international relations.

Last Water on the Devil's Highway

A Cultural and Natural History of Tinajas Altas

Author: Bill Broyles,Gayle Harrison Hartmann,Thomas E. Sheridan,Gary Paul Nabhan,Mary Charlotte Thurtle

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 0816530831

Category: Nature

Page: 275

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The DevilÕs HighwayÑEl Camino del DiabloÑcrosses hundreds of miles and thousands of years of Arizona and Southwest history. This heritage trail follows a torturous route along the U.S. Mexico border through a lonely landscape of cactus, desert flats, drifting sand dunes, ancient lava flows, and searing summer heat. The most famous waterhole along the way is Tinajas Altas, or High Tanks, a series of natural rock basins that are among the few reliable sources of water in this notoriously parched region. Now an expert cast of authors describes, narrates, and explains the human and natural history of this special place in a thorough and readable account. Addressing the latest archaeological and historical findings, they reveal why Tinajas Altas was so important and how it related to other waterholes in the arid borderlands. Readers can feel like pioneers, following in the footsteps of early Native Americans, Spanish priests and soldiers, gold seekers and borderland explorers, tourists, and scholars. Combining authoritative writing with a rich array of more than 180 illustrations and maps as well as detailed appendixes providing up-to-date information on the wildlife and plants that live in the area, Last Water on the DevilÕs Highway allows readers to uncover the secrets of this fascinating place, revealing why it still attracts intrepid tourists and campers today.

Arizona and the Grand Canyon

Author: John Gattuso

Publisher: Langenscheidt Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781585731695

Category: Travel

Page: 350

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This book provides everything you'll ever need in a guide book. It is an inspiring background read, an invaluable on-the-spot companion and a superb souvenir of your visit. Evocative photography: Insight Guides are renowned for their great pictures, which vividly convey a sense of everyday life. Illuminating text: Expert writers bring to life Arizona's history, culture, parks, arts, food and, above all, its people. Incisive evaluations: From the overwhelming beauty of the Grand Canyon and Indian Country to the bustle of Phoenix and Tucson, it's all here. Detailed, cross-referenced maps: All sites are clearly highlighted and numbered in relation to the text. Full listings: All the travel details, hotels, restaurants and phone numbers you'll need.

Smek for President

Die smektakuläre Fortsetzung von Home

Author: Adam Rex

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 3764190825

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 288

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Die Dreamworks-Verfilmung des ersten Buches "Happy Smekday"ist seit März 2015 unter dem Titel "Home" in die Kinos. In der Fortsetzung von Happy Smekday möchte der Boov J. Lo New Boovworld besuchen, die sich jedoch auf einem der Mondes des Planeten Saturn befindet. Jedoch wird er dort immer noch strafrechtlich gesucht, war er doch in Buch 1 dafür verantwortlich, dass die Gorg zur Erde gefunden haben. J. Lo wünschte sich mittlerweile, er könnte in die Vergangenheit reisen und sich selbst daran hindern, das Signal versehentlich an die Gorg auszusenden. Allerdings ist für die 13-jährige Gratuity klar, dass, wenn die Gorg nie zur Erde gekommen und wieder in die Flucht geschlagen worden wären, die Boov nie beschlossen hätten, die Erde auch wieder zu verlassen. Doch sie lässt J.Lo seinen Wunschtraum, da sie glaubt, dass er eh nie in Erfüllung gehen wird.

Ökologie

Author: Thomas M. Smith,Robert Leo Smith

Publisher: Pearson Deutschland GmbH

ISBN: 9783827373137

Category: Ecology

Page: 982

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Populations, ecosystems, species interactions, community.

North Shore

A Natural History of Minnesota's Superior Coast

Author: Chel Anderson,Adelheid Fischer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780816632329

Category: Nature

Page: 632

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Propelled by wings, fins, legs, and the wind, life has found a way to Minnesota's North Shore for more than twelve thousand years. Some plants and animals have taken up residence in the region's ancient mountains, others in its lakes and flowing rivers. Together, they weave a living fabric of sublime and fascinating beauty. These organisms come to life in North Shore, a comprehensive environmental history of one of Minnesota's most beloved places. The story of this region unfolds through the five interconnected areas of Minnesota's North Shore watershed--the meandering rivers of the Headwaters, the deep and dense forest of the Highlands, the rocky Nearshore, the drama of Lake Superior, and its mysterious islands, including Isle Royale and Susie Island archipelagos. Each section begins with an overview of the forces that have shaped the area, then the focus turns to a wide range of inhabitants, such as chorus frogs and star-nosed moles, butterworts and coaster brook trout, jeweled diatoms and pitcher plants, black bears and blue-spotted salamanders. Each chapter links to the region's broader history, from the sculpting of the land by mile-high glaciers to the role of scientific exploration, the advent of logging, the development of tourism, and the changing global climate. North Shore reminds us that the natural history of this extraordinary region is still being created and that each of us--individually and collectively--are the authors of this ongoing narrative. Compelling and accessible, the book will provide readers with a science-based knowledge of the Minnesota North Shore watershed so that together we can write a new, hopeful chapter for its inhabitants, both human and wild.

Desert Heart

Chronicles of the Sonoran Desert

Author: William K. Hartmann

Publisher: California Bill's Automotive

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 216

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A natural history survey covers early explorers, legends and tales of the area, the geological and archeological finds, and a reflection on the current state of affairs of the desert

Design with the Desert

Conservation and Sustainable Development

Author: Richard Malloy,John Brock,Anthony Floyd,Margaret Livingston,Robert H. Webb

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1439881383

Category: Nature

Page: 620

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The modern southwestern cities of Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, and El Paso occupy lands that once supported rich desert ecosystems. Typical development activities often resulted in scraping these desert lands of an ancient living landscape, to be replaced with one that is human-made and dependent on a large consumption of energy and natural resources. Design with the Desert: Conservation and Sustainable Development explores the natural and built environment of the American Southwest and introduces development tools for shaping the future of the region in a more sustainable way. Explore the Desert Landscape and Ecology This transdisciplinary collaboration draws on insights from leading authorities in their fields, spanning science, ecology, planning, landscape development, architecture, and urban design. Organized into five parts, the book begins by introducing the physical aspects of the desert realm: the land, geology, water, and climate. The second part deals with the "living" and ecological aspects, from plants and animals to ecosystems. The third part, on planning in the desert, covers the ecological and social issues surrounding water, natural resource planning, and community development. Bring the Desert into the City The fourth part looks at how to bring nature into the built environment through the use of native plants, the creation of habitats for nature in urban settings, and the design of buildings, communities, and projects that create life. The final part of the book focuses on urban sustainability and how to design urban systems that provide a secure future for community development. Topics include water security, sustainable building practices, and bold architecture and community designs. Design Solutions That Work with the Local Environment This book will inspire discussion and contemplation for anyone interested in desert development, from developers and environmentalists to planners, community leaders, and those who live in desert regions. Throughout this volume, the contributors present solutions to help promote ecological balance between nature and the built environment in the American Southwest—and offer valuable insights for other ecologically fragile regions around the world.

Der Skelett-Mann

Author: Tony Hillerman

Publisher: Edel:Books

ISBN: 3955304531

Category: Fiction

Page: 286

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Ein raffinierter und spannender Kriminalroman vom vielfach preisgekrönten Autor Tony Hillerman – und ein faszinierender Blick in die fremdartige, von der modernen Zivilisation bedrohte indianische Kultur. In Zuni, New Mexico, wird ein Diamantenhändler überfallen und umgebracht. Als Verdächtiger gilt der junge Hopi Tuve, der versucht hatte, bei ihm einen wertvollen Diamanten zu verpfänden. Lieutenant Chee glaubt jedoch an Tuves Unschuld und stößt bei seinen Ermittlungen auf einen alten Fall: Vor fünfzig Jahren stürzte über dem Grand Canyon ein Flugzeug mit einem Mann ab, der eine Tasche voller Diamanten bei sich trug ... „Hillerman übertrifft sich selbst!“ (Booklist)

Wer die Vergangenheit stiehlt

Author: Tony Hillerman

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3688101456

Category: Fiction

Page: 218

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Warum ist das Volk der Anasazi vor langer Zeit einfach vom Erdboden verschwunden? Dr. Eleanor Friedman-Bernal ist drauf und dran, dieses alte Rätsel der Anthropologie zu lösen. Doch dann taucht sie auf einmal selbst nicht mehr aus dem Ausgrabungsgebiet auf. Die Navajo-Cops Joe Leaphorn und Jim Chee stellen bei ihren Ermittlungen fest, daß wertvolle Anasazi-Keramiken gestohlen wurden. Ist die Anthropologin den Dieben der Vergangenheit auf die Spur gekommen?