OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Deserts: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780199564309

Price(incl.tax): 
¥1,628
Author: 
Nick Middleton
Pages
152 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Nov 2009
Series
Very Short Introductions

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  • Explores the extraordinary nature of the desert and its landscape
  • Written by a scholar with an international reputation in the field
  • Demonstrates the great variety within deserts, their climates, landscapes, wildlilfe, and human use

  
Deserts make up a third of the planet's land surface, but if you picture a desert, what comes to mind? A wasteland? A drought? A place devoid of all life forms?
  
Deserts are remarkable places. Typified by drought and extremes of temperature, they can be harsh and hostile; but many deserts are also spectacularly beautiful, and on occasion teem with life. Nick Middleton explores how each desert is unique: through fantastic life forms, extraordinary scenery, and ingenious human adaptations. He demonstrates a desert's immense natural beauty, its rich biodiversity, and uncovers a long history of successful human occupation. 
  
This Very Short Introduction tells you everything you ever wanted to know about these extraordinary places and captures their importance in the working of our planet.

Index: 

Introduction
1: Desert Climates
2: Desert Landscapes
3: Nature in Deserts
4: Desert Peoples
5: Deserts Connections
Epilogue

About the author: 

Nick Middleton is a geographer, writer, and presenter of television documentaries. He teaches at Oxford University where he is a Fellow of St Anne's College. His main research interest is in the nature and human use of deserts, and he has written more than 200 articles and 16 books.

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