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Arid Dune Ecosystems : The Nizzana Sands in the Negev Desert - Siegmar-W. Breckle

Arid Dune Ecosystems

The Nizzana Sands in the Negev Desert

By: Siegmar-W. Breckle (Editor), Aaron Yair (Editor), Maik Veste (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2008
ISBN: 9783540754978
Number Of Pages: 475

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Sand dune dynamics play a key role in many arid deserts. This volume provides a thorough analysis of a specific sand dune ecosystem, the Nizzana site in the Middle East's Negev Desert. Describing its climate, as well as its geophysical/geochemical soil properties and ecology, this brilliant work draws out the relationships between the site's ecological and geomorphological processes, based on long-term monitoring, in situ experiments and satellite imagery.

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"The book ... offers a comprehensive view of the dune system of the Nizzana area situated in the eastern margins of the Sinai Desert (Israel). The Nizzanna Research site is a long-term research facility that has accumulated interdisciplinary knowledge through time. ... If you are scientifically, academically or professionally interested in desert dune systems or if you have the intellectual curiosity in the complex and fascinating world of dunes, this is a book you should not miss." (Jose Luis Rubio, ESSC Newsletter, Issue 3, 2009)

Desert Sand Dunes and Aims of the Book - Special Characteristics of the Nizzana Research Sitep. 1
Geological Background of the Nizzana Areap. 9
Geo-Ecology of the North-Western Negev Sand Fieldp. 17
Formation and Geomorphology of the North-Western Negev Sand Dunesp. 25
The Regional Climatic Settingp. 49
Soil Characteristics and Pattern of the Nizzana Research Sitep. 65
Land Use and its Effect on the Mobilization and Stabilization of the North-Western Negev Sand Dunesp. 79
The Flora of the Nizzana Research Sitep. 93
The Vegetation of the Nizzana Research Sitep. 105
A Glance on the Fauna of Nizzanap. 125
Biological Crustsp. 149
Land Cover in the Nizzana Sandy Arid Ecosystem. Mapping Surface Properties with Multi-Spectral Remote Sensing Datap. 157
Topoclimate and Microclimatep. 175
Evapotranspiration, Transpiration and Dewfallp. 183
Morphological Changes at Active Dune Crestsp. 201
Aeolian Sand Transport and Vegetation Coverp. 211
Soil Processes and Salt Dynamics in Dune Soilsp. 225
Runoff and Erosion Processes Within a Dune Systemp. 239
Effects of Surface Runoff and Subsurface Flow on the Spatial Variability of Water Resources in Longitudinal Dunesp. 251
Atmospheric Input of Nutrient Elements and Dust into the Sand Dune Field of the North-Western Negevp. 271
Succession Stages in the Recovery Processes of the Topsoil Crust in a Disturbed Sandy Arid Areap. 285
Dew Formation and Activity of Biological Soil Crustsp. 305
Nitrogen Input Pathways into Sand Dunes: Biological Fixation and Atmospheric Nitrogen Depositionp. 319
Vascular Plant Response to Microbiotic Soil Surface Crustsp. 337
Ion Relations of Plants and Soil Patternsp. 353
Temporal and Spatial Variability of Plant Water Status and Leaf Gas Exchangep. 367
Standing Biomass and its Modellingp. 377
Effects of Shrubs on Annual Plant Populationsp. 385
Demography of Annual Plants: The Role of Habitat Heterogeneity and Competitionp. 401
Sensitivity of a Sandy Area to Climate Change Along a Rainfall Gradient at a Desert Fringep. 425
General Conclusions - Sand Dune Deserts, Desertification, Rehabilitation and Conservationp. 441
Subject Indexp. 461
Taxonomic Indexp. 473
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ISBN: 9783540754978
ISBN-10: 3540754970
Series: Ecological Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 475
Published: 1st August 2008
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.91