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and#147;To see the natural world through Bruce Pavlik's eyes is always a delight, for he is among the finest ecologists and nature writers in the West. But to explore with Bruce the range of California's desertsand#151;their deep history and diversityand#151;is a special treat, for we see them not as 'big empty' wastelands, but as elegant landscapes rich with relationships. Both human and other-than-human beings contribute to these relationships, and no one has told their stories as well as Pavlik has done.and#8221;and#151;Gary Nabhan, author of Arab/American: Landscape, Culture, and Cuisine in Two Great Deserts

and#147;A bewildering amount of biological and environmental lore has accumulated about our deserts. Bruce Pavlik's highly readable, beautifully illustrated book is a salutary antidote to confusion. It brings together the best current knowledge in a comprehensive form that makes a compelling story as well as a handy reference. Nobody who cares about California's deserts should be without it."and#151;David Rains Wallace, author of Neptune's Ark, Beasts of Eden, and The Klamath Knot

and#147;I've been waiting for a book like this, one that captures the very essence of the desert rather than simply cataloging and describing it. Bruce Pavlik is a consummate integrator and storyteller. He makes this 'rediscovery' of the desert as exciting as its initial discovery, proving that you can discover something only once, but you can rediscover it again and again.and#8221;and#151;Jeff Lovich, Deputy Director, U.S. Geological Survey, Southwest Biological Science Center

Synopsis:

"To see the natural world through Bruce Pavlik's eyes is always a delight, for he is among the finest ecologists and nature writers in the West. But to explore with Bruce the range of California's deserts--their deep history and diversity--is a special treat, for we see them not as 'big empty' wastelands, but as elegant landscapes rich with relationships. Both human and other-than-human beings contribute to these relationships, and no one has told their stories as well as Pavlik has done."--Gary Nabhan, author of Arab/American: Landscape, Culture, and Cuisine in Two Great Deserts

"A bewildering amount of biological and environmental lore has accumulated about our deserts. Bruce Pavlik's highly readable, beautifully illustrated book is a salutary antidote to confusion. It brings together the best current knowledge in a comprehensive form that makes a compelling story as well as a handy reference. Nobody who cares about California's deserts should be without it."--David Rains Wallace, author of Neptune's Ark, Beasts of Eden, and The Klamath Knot

"I've been waiting for a book like this, one that captures the very essence of the desert rather than simply cataloging and describing it. Bruce Pavlik is a consummate integrator and storyteller. He makes this 'rediscovery' of the desert as exciting as its initial discovery, proving that you can discover something only once, but you can rediscover it again and again."--Jeff Lovich, Deputy Director, U.S. Geological Survey, Southwest Biological Science Center

Synopsis:

This highly readable, spectacularly illustrated compendium is an ecological journey into a wondrous land of extremes. The California Deserts explores the remarkable diversity of life in this harsh yet fragile quarter of the Golden State. In a rich narrative, it illuminates how that diversity, created by drought and heat, has evolved with climate change since the Ice Ages. Along the way, we find there is much to learn from each desert speciesand#151; whether it is a cactus, pupfish, tortoise, or bighorn sheepand#151;about adaptation to a warming, arid world. The book tells of human adaptation as well, and is underscored by a deep appreciation for the intimate knowledge acquired by native people during their 12,000-year desert experience. In this sense, the book is a journey of rediscovery, as it reflects on the ways that knowledge has been reclaimed and amplified by new discoveries. The book also takes the measure of the ecological condition of these deserts today, presenting issues of conservation, management, and restoration. With its many sidebars, photographs, and featured topics, The California Deserts provides a unique introduction to places of remarkable and often unexpected beauty.

About the Author

Bruce M. Pavlik, Professor of Biology at Mills College, is coauthor of Oaks of California and California's Changing Landscapes: The Diversity and Conservation of California Vegetation.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520251458
Author:
Pavlik, Bruce M.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Deserts
Subject:
Desert ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems
Subject:
Desert ecology -- California.
Subject:
Deserts -- California.
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
285 color illustrations, 40 line illustr
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
10 x 7 x 1.25 in 3 lb

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"Synopsis" by , "To see the natural world through Bruce Pavlik's eyes is always a delight, for he is among the finest ecologists and nature writers in the West. But to explore with Bruce the range of California's deserts--their deep history and diversity--is a special treat, for we see them not as 'big empty' wastelands, but as elegant landscapes rich with relationships. Both human and other-than-human beings contribute to these relationships, and no one has told their stories as well as Pavlik has done."--Gary Nabhan, author of Arab/American: Landscape, Culture, and Cuisine in Two Great Deserts

"A bewildering amount of biological and environmental lore has accumulated about our deserts. Bruce Pavlik's highly readable, beautifully illustrated book is a salutary antidote to confusion. It brings together the best current knowledge in a comprehensive form that makes a compelling story as well as a handy reference. Nobody who cares about California's deserts should be without it."--David Rains Wallace, author of Neptune's Ark, Beasts of Eden, and The Klamath Knot

"I've been waiting for a book like this, one that captures the very essence of the desert rather than simply cataloging and describing it. Bruce Pavlik is a consummate integrator and storyteller. He makes this 'rediscovery' of the desert as exciting as its initial discovery, proving that you can discover something only once, but you can rediscover it again and again."--Jeff Lovich, Deputy Director, U.S. Geological Survey, Southwest Biological Science Center

"Synopsis" by ,
This highly readable, spectacularly illustrated compendium is an ecological journey into a wondrous land of extremes. The California Deserts explores the remarkable diversity of life in this harsh yet fragile quarter of the Golden State. In a rich narrative, it illuminates how that diversity, created by drought and heat, has evolved with climate change since the Ice Ages. Along the way, we find there is much to learn from each desert speciesand#151; whether it is a cactus, pupfish, tortoise, or bighorn sheepand#151;about adaptation to a warming, arid world. The book tells of human adaptation as well, and is underscored by a deep appreciation for the intimate knowledge acquired by native people during their 12,000-year desert experience. In this sense, the book is a journey of rediscovery, as it reflects on the ways that knowledge has been reclaimed and amplified by new discoveries. The book also takes the measure of the ecological condition of these deserts today, presenting issues of conservation, management, and restoration. With its many sidebars, photographs, and featured topics, The California Deserts provides a unique introduction to places of remarkable and often unexpected beauty.
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