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Sonoran Desert Plants: An Ecological Atlas

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Publisher Comments:

The Sonoran Desert, a fragile ecosystem, is under ever-increasing pressure from a burgeoning human population. This ecological atlas of the region's plants, a greatly enlarged and full revised version of the original 1972 atlas, will be an invaluable resource for plant ecologists, botanists, geographers, and other scientists, and for all with a serious interest in living with and protecting a unique natural southwestern heritage. An encyclopedia as well as an atlas, this monumental work describes the taxonomy, geographic distribution, and ecology of 339 plants, most of them common and characteristic trees, shrubs, or succulants. Also included is valuable information on natural history and ethnobotanical, commercial, and horticultural uses of these plants. The entry for each species includes a range map, an elevational profile, and a narrative account. The authors also include an extensive bibliography, referring the reader to the latest research and numerous references of historical importance, with a glossary to aid the general reader. Sonoran Desert Plants is a monumental work, unlikely to be superseded in the next generation. As the region continues to attract more people, there will be an increasingly urgent need for basic knowledge of plant species as a guide for creative and sustainable habitation of the area. This book will stand as a landmark resource for many years to come.

Book News Annotation:

An atlas and encyclopedia that emphasizes the taxonomy, ecology, and biogeography of 339 common and characteristic trees, shrubs, and cacti of the Sonoran Desert. It also includes information on ethnobotanical, commercial, and horticultural uses of the plants. Each species has its own entry, which includes a map with an elevation profile and a narrative account. The bibliography includes both the recent research literature as well as many references of historical interest and importance. Though intended primarily for scientists, a glossary makes the volume accessible to general readers. Includes 85 b&w photographs.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [437]-493) and index.

About the Author

Janice Emily Bowers is a botanist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Tucson.Tony L. Burgess, formerly with the USGS, is a plant ecologist who designed the desert, thornscrub, and savanna biomes for Biosphere 2.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816515325
Subtitle:
An Ecological Atlas
Editor:
Burgess, Tony L.
Author:
Bowers, Janice Emily
Author:
Turner, Raymond M.
Editor:
Bowers, Janice
Author:
Burgess, Tony L.
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Location:
Tucson :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Maps
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Plants
Subject:
Botany
Subject:
Ecology - Ecosystems
Subject:
Desert plants
Subject:
Phytogeography
Subject:
Phytogeography -- Sonoran Desert.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Botany
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems
Subject:
Biological Sciences.
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19950901
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
501
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 x 501 in 4.075 oz

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