Desert Biology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781483198682, 9781483223711

Desert Biology

1st Edition

Special Topics on the Physical and Biological Aspects of Arid Regions

Editors: G. W. Brown
eBook ISBN: 9781483223711
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1968
Page Count: 654
Sales tax will be calculated at check-out Price includes VAT/GST
Price includes VAT/GST
× DRM-Free

Easy - Download and start reading immediately. There’s no activation process to access eBooks; all eBooks are fully searchable, and enabled for copying, pasting, and printing.

Flexible - Read on multiple operating systems and devices. Easily read eBooks on smart phones, computers, or any eBook readers, including Kindle.

Open - Buy once, receive and download all available eBook formats, including PDF, EPUB, and Mobi (for Kindle).

Institutional Access

Secure Checkout

Personal information is secured with SSL technology.

Free Shipping

Free global shipping
No minimum order.


Desert Biology: Special Topics on the Physical and Biological Aspects on Arid Regions, Volume I covers the biology, geophysical characteristics, and ways of life in arid regions. This book is composed of 11 chapters, and begins with a brief description of a desert community, the Merkhiyat Jebels, with its diverse fauna and flora. The subsequent chapters look into the climate, geographical distribution, geologic and geomorphic aspects, and the evolution of desert community. These topics are followed by intensive discussions on desert plants, animals, and limnology. The last chapter describes the adaptive processes and human adaptation capacity to arid environments. This book will prove useful to upper division and graduate students in desert biology.

Table of Contents

Desert Rain

List of Contributors



Volume II: Topics to be Discussed (Tentative)

Chapter I. The Merkhiyat Jebels: A Desert Community

I. Climate and Vegetation

II. Rain Fauna

III. Mammals

IV. Reptiles

V. Arthropods

VI. Interrelationships


Chapter II. Causes, Climates, and Distribution of Deserts

I. Geographical Definitions of Deserts

II. Genetic Classification of Desert Climates

III. Subtropical Deserts

IV. Cool Coastal Deserts

V. Rain Shadow Deserts

VI. Continental Interior Deserts

VII. Polar Deserts


Chapter III. Geologic and Geomorphic Aspects of Deserts

I. Introduction

II. The Desert Landscape

III. Surficial Deposits in Desert Lowlands

IV. Hydrologic Aspects of Desert Basins

V. Desert Soils

VI. Surficial Geological Processes in Desert Regions

VII. Climate Changes in Desert Regions

VIII. Concluding Statement


Chapter IV. The Evolution of Desert Vegetation in Western North America

I. Introduction

II. Paleobotanical History of Tertiary and Quaternary Western North America

III. The Vegetation of the Californian Deserts

IV. The California Desert Flora

V. The Origin of the California Desert Flora on Distributional Grounds

VI. Endemism and the Origin of the California Desert Flora

VII. Evidence of Origin from Cytological Evidence

VIII. Conclusions


Chapter V. The Biology of Desert Plants

I. Introduction

II. Flora of Deserts

III. Adaptations of Plants to Arid Environments

IV. Desert Cryptogams, Ferns, and Fern Allies

V. Ecological Considerations


Chapter VI. Biology of Desert Amphibians and Reptiles

I. Introduction

II. Amphibians

III. Turtles

IV. Lizards

V. Snakes


Chapter VII. Temperature Regulation and Water Economy of Desert Birds

I. Introduction

II. Temperature Regulation

III. Water Economy

IV. Adaptations of Breeding Biology

V. Discussion and Summary


Chapter VIII. Temperature Regulation in Desert Mammals

I. Introduction

II. Ecological and Evolutionary Considerations

III. Large Herbivorous Mammals

IV. Small and Medium Sized Mammals

V. Carnivorous Mammals

VI. Special Considerations

VII. Summary and Conclusions


Chapter IX. Desert Limnology

I. Introduction

II. Physical Features

III. Chemistry of Desert Waters

IV. Productivity

V. Biota of Saline Water

VI. Biota of Temporary Waters

VII. Special Situations

VIII. Endemism, Relictism, and Special Habitats


Chapter X. Venoms of Desert Animals

I. Scorpions: Order Scorpionida

II. Spiders: Order Araneida

III. Miscellaneous Desert Arachnids

IV. Venomous Insects

V. Centipedes and Millipedes

VI. Amphibians

VII. Venomous Reptiles


Chapter XI. Human Adaptations to Arid Environments

I. The Problems

II. Adaptive Processes

General References

Specific References

Appendix 1

Appendix 2

Appendix 3

Appendix 4

Author Index

Subject Index

Genus and Species Index


No. of pages:
© Academic Press 1968
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:

About the Editor

G. W. Brown

Ratings and Reviews