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Deserts : a very short introduction /
Nick Middleton.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
description
xiv, 135 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
ISBN
0199564302 (pbk.), 9780199564309 (pbk.)
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
isbn
0199564302 (pbk.)
9780199564309 (pbk.)
contents note
Desert climates -- Desert landscapes -- Nature in deserts -- Desert peoples -- Desert connections.
catalogue key
9746992
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 129-130) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2010-07-01:
Where can a reader find a credible, broad-based introduction to a topic such as deserts of the world? The "Very Short Introductions" series is aimed at students who might otherwise consult Wikipedia, Ask.com, or similar Internet sources. Reading somewhat like an encyclopedia article, this book conveys the color and flavor of deserts in chapters on climate, landscapes, and nature. Middleton (geography, Oxford Univ., UK; The Global Casino, CH, Mar'96, 33-3870) creates a primarily biophysical discussion amplified with mention of indigenous populations and land use. He also touches upon significant ideas that originated in deserts, including domestication of plants and animals, the development of urban centers, and the creation of major religions. Contemporary issues are considered, although briefly. The author introduces new terms in context, usually precluding the need for extensive explanation. To keep the book inexpensive and short, type font and book size are small, and no sources are cited for information included in the text. A short list of additional reading comprises scholarly monographs. The spotty index is inadequate for access to place-names, concepts, or terms. Sparse black-and-white illustrations are helpful; however, the world map of deserts lacks sufficient detail. Summing Up: Recommended. Academic, general, and professional audiences, all levels. L. S. Zipp formerly, State University of New York College at Geneseo
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Summaries
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Here, Nick Middleton tells the story of the desert, demonstrating its beautiful landscapes and remarkable climates. He challenges the common notion that they are dry and barren and uncovers fascinating life-forms, a rich biodiversity, and a long history of human habitation.
Main Description
Deserts make up a third of the planet's land surface, but if you picture a desert, what comes to mind? A sandy wasteland? A drought-parched dust bowl? An alien landscape devoid of all life forms? In this marvelous Very Short Introduction, geographer and popular science writer Nick Middleton reveals that deserts are places of immense natural charm and rich biodiversity. Typified by drought and extremes of temperature, they can be harsh and hostile, but Middleton shows that many deserts are also spectacularly beautiful, and on occasion they can teem with life. The author highlights how each desert is unique, describing their frequently fantastic life forms, extraordinary scenery, and long history of ingenious human habitation. Written by a respected scientist who enjoys a wide following for his Going to Extremes television series on National Geographic, Deserts tells you everything you ever wanted to know about these extraordinary places and captures their importance in the working of our planet.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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.

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