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Firefly Guide to Deserts (Firefly Guides)by Andrew Warren
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A well-illustrated comprehensive survey of the world's desert regions, including a definition, flora, fauna and adaptations, resource base, peoples and their society, desert locations to visit, and region by region maps charting details.
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Aimed at general readers, this richly illustrated guide presents concise information on the world's deserts. Warren and Allan (both U. of London, England) explain what deserts are and how they are formed and describe how plants, animals, and people have adapted to living in them. Issues relating to desert tourism and conservation are also discussed. An index and glossary are found at the back of the volume. Bibliographical references are lacking. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A richly illustrated and comprehensive survey of the world's great desert regions.
This compact reference begins by defining deserts and the climatic conditions that bring about their existence. With spectacular photographs, the authors examine the various desert landscapes and the effects that wind and water have upon these ever-changing environments. Other features include: An examination of the natural diversity and amazing adaptations of desert flora and faunaAn in-depth study of desert mineral and agricultural resourcesA survey of desert peoples: their customs, their religions, the ecological and social issues they face, and their continued survival in these harsh climatesGuidance on desert locations to visit for their important archaeological, cultural and historical features.
Guide to Deserts also includes a 150-page atlas section mapping the world's deserts region by region and charting area, resources and threats — both natural and those caused by human beings. At home, at the office, in school or for travelers on the go, this portable guide is an ideal resource.
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