Great Warm Deserts of the World: Landscapes and Evolution

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Science - 444 pages
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This is the first-ever regional study of the geomorphology of the world's deserts, demonstrating why different deserts have special landscape features and land-forming processes. It explains the climatic and tectonic history of deserts, showing how the histories of the deserts have been long and complex, and how they have responded to global changes in climate, particularly over the course of the last few millions of years. Each of the major warm deserts of the world is treated in detail, and the book is extensively illustrated with numerous plates and figures. A large and comprehensive bibliography provides a guide to the international literature.
  

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Contents

Climate and Process
5
Climate Change
18
Alluvial Fans
31
The Dust Bowl and Modern Dust Storms
44
Conclusions
59
The Deserts of South America
61
Aeolian Landforms
76
Longterm Tectonic and Geologic Setting
91
Lake PalaeoMakgadikgadi
204
The Arabian Plate
217
SabkhasCoastal and Inland
232
Arabian Sands
245
The Arid Valleys of the High Mountains
261
The Extent of the Fossil Sand Features of MegaThar
278
The Deserts of the Former Soviet Union
291
The Tibetan Plateau
305

Dunes
103
The Chad Basin
118
Holocene Lake Basins and Rivers
134
Dunes
147
The Great Escarpment
165
The Onset of Aridity and an Ancient Namib
168
The Hunza Valley and Karakoram Mountains near Pasu Pakistan XXI The lake basin at Budha Pushkar Rajasthan India XXII A thick loess and palae...
168
Salt lakes along a deflated drainage line Western Australia XXIV The Geikie Gorge Fitzroy River Kimberley Western Australia
168
Quaternary Climatic Change
175
Geological Background
188
Conclusions
318
Lunettes
333
Stony Deserts
346
Duricrusts
349
Late Pleistocene Climate Changes
356
Pleistocene Accentuation of Aridity
362
The Present and the Future
369
Index
439
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Professor of Geography, University of Oxford, since 1984; Pro-Vice-Chancellor 1995-97; currently a Delegate of Oxford University Press; author of numerous publications

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