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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 Sonoran Desert Plants is a monumental work, unlikely to be superseded in the next generation.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.

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This revised, paper edition of the 1995 and 1972 texts, titled An Atlas of Some Plant Distributions in the Sonoran Desert, is more relevant than ever to efforts to protect this fragile ecosystem. In this US Geological Survey-sponsored project, botanists provide a comprehensive compendium of the phytogeography of the US Southwest and Baja Mexico. Species accounts for 339 plants (as vs. 238 in the first atlas) feature a range map, ecological profile, human uses, and b&w photo. This update includes introductory remarks on biogeographical and paleoclimate issues, a glossary, and extensive bibliography.
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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.

Synopsis:

An encyclopedia as well as an atlas, this comprehensive work describes the taxonomy, geographic distribution, and ecology of 339 plants, most of them common and characteristic trees, shrubs, or succulents.

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:
9780816525195
Author:
Turner, Raymond M.
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Author:
Bowers, Janice Emily
Author:
Bowers, Janice E.
Author:
Burgess, Tony L.
Author:
Brugess, Tony L
Subject:
Life Sciences - Botany
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems
Subject:
Biological Sciences.
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Subject:
Botany
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
501
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , An encyclopedia as well as an atlas, this comprehensive work describes the taxonomy, geographic distribution, and ecology of 339 plants, most of them common and characteristic trees, shrubs, or succulents.
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