Great Warm Deserts of the World: Landscapes and Evolution
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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Climate and Process
The Dust Bowl and Modern Dust Storms
The Deserts of South America
Longterm Tectonic and Geologic Setting
The Arabian Plate
SabkhasCoastal and Inland
The Arid Valleys of the High Mountains
The Extent of the Fossil Sand Features of MegaThar
The Deserts of the Former Soviet Union
The Tibetan Plateau
The Chad Basin
Holocene Lake Basins and Rivers
The Great Escarpment
The Onset of Aridity and an Ancient Namib
The Hunza Valley and Karakoram Mountains near Pasu Pakistan XXI The lake basin at Budha Pushkar Rajasthan India XXII A thick loess and palae...
Salt lakes along a deflated drainage line Western Australia XXIV The Geikie Gorge Fitzroy River Kimberley Western Australia
Quaternary Climatic Change
activity aeolian Africa alluvial Altiplano Arabian arid zone Atacama Australia barchan Basin Botswana calcrete Cenozoic central China cliffs climatic changes coastal Cretaceous deflation deposits depressions desert developed diapirs distribution drainage dune field dunes dust storms east eastern Egypt Eocene erosion Escarpment etal extensive fans flood flow fluvial formation Geological geomorphology Glacial Maximum Goudie Gulf Holocene humid Indus Kalahari kyr bp Lake Eyre landforms landscape Last Glacial Maximum Late Pleistocene linear dunes loess lunettes major margin mean annual miliolite million years ago Miocene monsoon mountains Namibia Nile northern occur Ocean Okavango pans phases plains Plate playa precipitation Quaternary range Red Sea region ridges River rocks sabkhas Sahara saline salt Sand Sea Sandstone sea-level sedimentary sediments silcrete slopes South south-west southern surface tectonic Tertiary Tibetan Plateau uplift valley vegetation volcanic Wadi weathering western wind yardangs