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A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert

(Book - 2000)
A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert
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The Sonoran Desert is one of the most wildly diverse and fascinating regions in the world. Covering southeastern California, the southern half of Arizona, most of Baja California, and much of the state of Sonora, Mexico, this vast area is home to an amazing variety of plants and animals. Its terrain varies dramatically, from parched desert lowlands to semiarid tropical forests and frigid subalpine meadows. A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert provides the most complete collection of Sonoran Desert natural history information ever compiled and is a perfect introduction to this biologically rich desert of North America. The authors#151;experts in many fields#151;begin with a general look at the region's geology, paleoecology, climate, human ecology, and biodiversity. The book then looks in depth at hundreds of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, native fishes, and invertebrates that live in the northern part of the Sonoran Desert. Throughout, the text is supplemented with anecdotes, essays, color and black-and-white photographs, maps, diagrams, and 450 finely-rendered drawings. This comprehensive, accessible natural history is written for nonscientists and will surely become an invaluable companion for nature enthusiasts, birdwatchers, hikers, students, and anyone interested in the desert Southwest. A copublication with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Title: A natural history of the Sonoran Desert
Publisher: Tucson : Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press ; Berkeley : University of California Press, c2000
Characteristics: xi, 628 p., 32 p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ; edited by Steven J. Phillips & Patricia Wentworth Comus
Alternate Title: Sonoran Desert
ISBN: 0520219805
Branch Call Number: 508.7917 N285 2000
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Natural history Sonoran Desert
Topical Term: Natural history
LCCN: 99033675
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