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Atlas of the world's deserts /
Nathaniel Harris.
imprint
New York : Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003.
description
192 p. : ill. (some col.)
ISBN
1579583105 (alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003.
isbn
1579583105 (alk. paper)
contents note
How deserts form -- Sand, rock, and rubble -- Plants of the desert -- Creatures of the desert -- The desert in history -- The modern desert -- Wealth from the desert -- Spreading deserts.
catalogue key
5018207
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2003-11-15:
Deserts cover more than a seventh of the earth's surface. In this colorful atlas, Harris (Mapping the World; Heritage of Scotland), a writer on history and the arts, offers detailed profiles of the deserts from all continents (e.g., Asia's Gobi Desert, Africa's Sahara Desert, and the Central Australian deserts), describing their geology, biodiversity, geography, history, and even culture. Similar in topic and treatment to the United Nations Environment Programme's World Atlas of Desertification (1997), this atlas is a solid resource for anyone. While the UN atlas is organized by sections, each divided into small subsections (e.g., "Global," "Africa," and "Desertification Studies and Issues"), Harris's work is organized into eight chapters that deal with the formation and history of deserts, combined in four chapters containing maps on the deserts of specific continents (e.g., "How Deserts Form" includes "Atlas: African Deserts"). Both atlases feature a considerable amount of text, taking up something over half of the total volume; this atlas also has more color illustrations than does the UN atlas, though it is somewhat smaller in size. Both atlases are aimed toward a general public. While smaller libraries on tight budgets already owning the UN atlas should stick with what they have, those without either one should opt for Harris's version because it is the more current. Public libraries should own both.-Mary Lynette Larsgaard, Univ. of California Lib., Santa Barbara (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"An attractive, up-to-date resource... Color photos, clearly drawn maps, and sidebars enrich the text. This well-researched atlas offers more than just maps... Highly recommended." -"Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Best Reference Titles 2003 "An attractive book, written for the nonspecialist, that portrays nature with a wealth of simple maps, lovely photographs, and considerable basic introductory information... Both a browsing book and beginning reference book... Recommended for high-school, public, and undergraduate libraries." -"Booklist/RBB, January 2004 "A useful resource for students seeking either quick facts or thematic discussions... Liberally endowed with large, bright color photos, the topical sections begin with an analysis on how deserts form; close with an eye-opening look at why desertification has become a major environmental issue... Recommended...." -"School Library Journal "Provides a broad and comprehensive overview... Its layout and extensive illustrations make it especially attractive to the generalist browser and to students... Particularly suitable for public and school libraries." -"The Arid Lands Newsletter, November-December 2003 "Gorgeous color photographs, detailed maps, and clear and authoritative scientific explanations make this atlas both informative and captivating... A particular nice feature is that the geographical location and other details of each photograph are consistently provided." -"SciTech Book News, December 2003
'An attractive book, written for the nonspecialist, that portrays nature with a wealth of simple maps, lovely photographs, and considerable basic introductory information... Both a browsing book and beginning reference book... Recommended for high-school, public, and undergraduate libraries.'-- Booklist/RBB 'Gorgeous color photographs, detailed maps, and clear and authoritative scientific explanations make this atlas both informative and captivating... A particular nice feature is that the geographical location and other details of each photograph are consistently provided.'-- SciTech Book News
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Summaries
Main Description
Vividly and lavishly illustrated, theAtlas of the World's Desertsexamines the hostile and extreme environments that cover more than a seventh of the world's surface. The atlas demonstrates how, in spite of such harsh conditions, fauna and flora have developed and flourished, and humans have adapted to living in seemingly inhospitable environments. This atlas: Examines in detail all aspects of the deserts, their geology, geography, history, culture, and biodiversity Features chapters that provide in-depth analysis of a specific aspect of deserts such as the process by which deserts are formed, the plants and animals that inhabit various deserts, natural and human resources, and the desert in the past and modern times Profiles numerous deserts around the world including the Gobi Desert, the Kalahari Desert, the Great Basin, Antarctica, and the Central Australian Desert Discusses the culture, life, and history of the peoples who inhabit the deserts TheAtlasof the World's Desertsis a vibrant and thorough survey of the desert regions of the world and is an excellent resource for exploring every feature of the desert ecosystem. Also includes 160 color maps and photos.
Back Cover Copy
The Atlas of the World's Deserts examines the hostile and extreme environments that characterize deserts, and is divided into chapters that concentrate on specific aspects of a desert's geology, life forms, history, and future. For more information including sample pages, visit the Atlas of the World's Deserts web site. Also includes 160 color maps and photos.
Main Description
The Atlas of the World's Desertsexamines the hostile and extreme environments that characterize deserts, and is divided into chapters that concentrate on specific aspects of a desert's geology, life forms, history, and future. For more information including sample pages, visit the Atlas of the World's Deserts web site. Also includes 160 color maps and photos.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Concentrating on particular aspects of deserts, their geology, life forms, history and future, this book describes the hostile environments that cover more than a seventh of the world's surface.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Atlas: World Map of Aridity
How Deserts Form
Atlas: African
Deserts
Sand, Rock, and Rubble
Atlas
Asian Deserts
Plants of the Deserts
Creatures of the Desert
Atlas
American Deserts
The Desert in History
The Modern Desert
Atlas: Australia and
The Poles
Wealth from the Desert
Spreading Deserts
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
Picture Credits
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