Deserts and Desert Environments
Taking a global perspective, this book provides a concise overviewof drylands, including their physical, biological, temporal, andhuman components.
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INTRODUCTION DEFINING THE DESERT SYSTEM
DESERTS OF THE WORLD
THE CLIMATIC FRAMEWORK
THE HYDROLOGIC FRAMEWORK
LAKE SYSTEMS PAST AND PRESENT
WEATHERING PROCESSES AND HILLSLOPE SYSTEMS
DESERT SOILS AND GEOMORPHIC SURFACES
WATER AS A GEOMORPHIC AGENT
activity aeolian Africa albedo alluvial fans annual Aral Sea areas arid regions Atacama Atacama Desert atmosphere Australia barchan basin California carbonate cause channel China clay climate change coastal Colorado Plateau cover crusts deflation deposits desertification drainage drought dune fields dunes dust storms effects environments evaporation evapotranspiration flood flow fluvial geomorphic grains groundwater groundwater sapping Holocene horizon humid hydrologic impact increase infiltration land landforms layer linear dunes ment moisture Mojave Desert Mojave River monsoon Mountains Namib Namib Desert North occur owing particles pavements periods plants playas Pleistocene precipitation processes Quaternary rain rainfall range rates relatively result River rock runoff Sahara saline salt sand seas seasonal sediment semiarid shrubs silcrete slope soil Sonoran Desert southern species stream studies summer surface tectonic temperatures tion transport Valley variability vegetation velocity ventifacts water table weathering western winter yardangs zones