Arid Land Ecosystems: Volume 1: Structure, Functioning and Management

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R. A. Perry, D. W. Goodall
CUP Archive, Mar 8, 1979 - Nature - 923 pages
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The history of man's use of arid lands is a sad record of deterioration of the natural resource base and of low and declining living standards for the 300 million people who live in them. One prerequisite to meeting the challenge of reversing the deterioration and of raising living standards is a sound knowledge of the natural ecosystems. It is to this end that the IBP and other relevant studies, reported in this and a succeeding volume, are addressed. The subject matter of the two volumes is organised into five major topics; two are dealt with in the first volume. The first section of volume one describes the structure of arid ecosystems in terms of climate, soils, geomorphology, hydrology, flora and fauna. All continents except South America are covered. In the second section the processes which operate within, and control, the ecosystem are dealt with individually. This comprehensive account will be of importance to university teachers and professional ecologists throughout the world.
  

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Contents

lid Animal processes
1
Subeditor W G McGinnies
5
North America
53
North Africa
84
Southern Africa
111
Introduction
142
Australia
146
Southwest Asia
213
Integration
435
Subeditor R K Gupta
473
Water uptake and translocation stomatal movements
491
Photosynthesis respiration and biochemical transformations
509
Translocation of assimilates and creation distribution
537
Root development and activities
573
Ion uptake transport and excretion
607
Flowering seed formation and dispersal
627

Central Asia
273
Aridland ecosystems common features throughout
299
Introduction
319
Diversity and niche structure
325
Introduction
345
Precipitation
373
Atmospheric transport processes above aridland vegetation
393
Microclimate and evaporation
409
Food selection and consumption
703
Assimilation respiration and production
717
Thermal and water relations
743
Spatial and temporal distribution and behaviour
769
Development and reproduction
817
Index
852
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S. D. Perry is a novelist living in Portland, Oregon.? She is currently lives with her husband, Myk, her two children Cyrus and Myk Jr, and their two dogs. She mostly writes tie-in novels based on works in the fantasy/science-fiction/horror genre, including "Resident Evil, Star Trek, Aliens" and "Predator". She has also written a handful of short stories and movie novelizations. Her favorite "Star Trek" series is the original series, with her favorite characters being "The Big Three" - Kirk, Spock and McCoy.