Vividly and lavishly illustrated, the "Atlas of the World's Deserts" examines 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 The "Atlas of the World's Deserts" is 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.
Indhold: World map of aridity -- How deserts form -- African deserts -- Sand, rock, and rubble -- Asian deserts -- Plants of the desert -- Creatures of the desert -- American deserts -- The desert in history -- The modern desert -- Australia and the Poles -- Wealth from the desert -- Spreading deserts.