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A Field Guide to California and Pacific Northwest Forests (Peterson Field Guides)

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Deserts Three deserts in North America receive virtually all their precipitation in the form of rain, never snow, and are thus called and#147;hot desertsand#8221;: the Sonoran Desert, the Chihuahuan Desert, and the Mojave Desert (described briefly in Chapter 6, and#147;California Forestsand#8221;). Many of these desert areas receive under 10 inches of precipitation a year. Thus the species that live here must be able to survive on little water. Hot deserts typically contain many succulent species, which store water in their thick, fleshy leaves and stems. Cactus plants are common here, as well as a diverse array of yuccas and agaves. The Mojave Desert is dominated primarily by one species of yucca, the Joshuatree. Some hot deserts have areas where trees manage to survive, especially the various mesquites and paloverdes. Most hot deserts receive enough water to support some woody shrubs, especially Creosote Bush. Deserts vary with latitude. Those sufficiently far north receive some winter snow and are called and#147;cold deserts.and#8221; Lying between the Coast Ranges and the Rockies is the Great Basin Desert, the and#147;big brown areaand#8221; that air travelers see clearly from 30,000 feet. This vast desert exists because moisture is so efficiently blocked by the surrounding mountain ranges that very little is left to fall in most of eastern Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Nevada. The Great Basin Desert is a and#147;cold desertand#8221; and#151; though tourists traveling through Nevada in the middle of summer might disagree. These deserts tend to be composed of scattered but hardy shrubs such as Big Sagebrush.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780395928967
Editor:
Houghton Mifflin Company
Editor:
Peterson, Roger Tory
Illustrator:
Morrison, Gordon
Editor:
Houghton Mifflin
Editor:
Peterson, Roger Tory
Editor:
Houghton Mifflin Company
Author:
Peterson, Roger Tory
Author:
Kricher, John C.
Author:
Morrison, Gordon
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Trees
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Forest ecology
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Forest animals
Subject:
Forests & Forestry
Subject:
Ecology - Forest Ecology
Subject:
Fcrest ecclcgy
Subject:
Forest ecology -- West (U.S.)
Subject:
Trees & Forests
Subject:
Trees & Forests - General
Subject:
Plants - Trees
Subject:
Nature Studies-Trees
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Peterson Field Guides(R)
Publication Date:
January 1998
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Covers the flora and fauna of California
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.37x4.61x.92 in. .99 lbs.

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » General
Science and Mathematics » Botany » Trees and Shrubs
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Forests
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Field Guides » Outdoor Guides
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Field Guides » Western North America
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General

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