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Deserts : A Very Short Introduction - Nick Middleton

Deserts

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 26th November 2009
ISBN: 9780199564309
Number Of Pages: 152

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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.

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

ISBN: 9780199564309
ISBN-10: 0199564302
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 26th November 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 11.1  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.1

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