The California Deserts: An Ecological Rediscovery

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März 2008



"A bewildering amount of biological and environmental lore has accumulated about our deserts. Bruce Pavlik's highly readable, beautifully illustrated book is a salutary antidote to confusion. It brings together the best current knowledge in a comprehensive form that makes a compelling story as well as a handy reference. Nobody who cares about California's deserts should be without it."--David Rains Wallace, author of "Neptune's Ark," "Beasts of Eden," and "The Klamath Knot"
"I've been waiting for a book like this, one that captures the very essence of the desert rather than simply cataloging and describing it. Bruce Pavlik is a consummate integrator and storyteller. He makes this 'rediscovery' of the desert as exciting as its initial discovery, proving that you can discover something only once, but you can rediscover it again and again."--Jeff Lovich, Deputy Director, U.S. Geological Survey, Southwest Biological Science Center


Preface Acknowledgments INTRODUCTION: THE LOST BASKET REDISCOVERY Coming to Explore Coming to Conquer Coming to Understand Coming to Cherish A CONSPIRACY OF EXTREMES Geography of a Bioregion Climate Geology Soils Waters OPERATION AND ORIGINS Ecosystem Operations in the Desert Bioregion Origins of the Desert Bioregion REMARKABLE BIOTA Biological Diversity: The Richness of Species Evolving with Drought Drought-Susceptible Species Drought-Avoiding Species Drought-Tolerant Species GREATER THAN THE SUM OF THE PARTS Great Basin Communities Mojave Communities Sonoran Communities FUTURE OF AN ARID BIOREGION Current Threats Ecological Remedies Weaving a New Basket References Art Credits Index


Bruce M. Pavlik, Professor of Biology at Mills College, is coauthor of Oaks of California and California's Changing Landscapes: The Diversity and Conservation of California Vegetation.


"Through the eloquent and skillful interweaving of cultural, scientific, and natural history themes, Pavlik and University of California Press have set a new standard for books on the ecology of natural bioregions."--Conservation Biology "Delightful book ... The California Deserts reads like a novel, unraveling mystery after mystery of these arid lands... This is a 'must read' for any naturalist interested in California deserts, and it will likely set a new standard in what we should look for in 'field guides.'"--Qtly Review of Biology "A wonderful resource for any naturalist, educator, or person that is eager to learn more about the diversity of the unique desert ecosystems of California."--Botanical Rsrch Inst. of Txs (Jbrit) "Approachable and beautifully illustrated text that clearly lays out the complexities of the desert ecosystems of California and the problems that they face."--Ecological Restoration "What a desert book should be like, written in such fashion that even if you have no interest in deserts whatsoever, you will still enjoy reading the book. Most desert writing is turgid. This book is not."--Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar
EAN: 9780520251458
ISBN: 0520251458
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2008
Seitenanzahl: 365 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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