Desert Animal Adaptations

Author: Julie Murphy
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 9781429660303
Release Date: 2011-07-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

"Simple text and photographs describe desert animal adaptations"--Provided by publisher.

Behavioural Adaptations of Desert Animals

Author: Giovanni Costa
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9783642793561
Release Date: 2012-12-06
Genre: Science

After a brief survey of biotopic and vegetational features and an account of the main groups of desert animals, the most unusual patterns of the behaviour of the xerophilous fauna are examined. The importance of the thermohygric regulation and self-protective and locomotor mechanisms to the survival of arid-adapted animals is emphasized and various adaptations in the alimentary, reproductive and social spheres are analyzed. The clear and fluent treatment will awaken the interest of the reading public, from the amateur naturalists to research scientists.

Amazing Animal Adaptations

Author: Julie Murphy
Publisher: A+ Books
ISBN: 1429670401
Release Date: 2011-07-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Simple text and photographs describe animal adapations in four different environments.

Encyclopedia of Deserts

Author: Michael A. Mares
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806131467
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Nature

Encyclopedia of Deserts represents a milestone: it is the first comprehensive reference to the first comprehensive reference to deserts and semideserts of the world. Approximately seven hundred entries treat subjects ranging from desert survival to the way deserts are formed. Topics include biology (birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, invertebrates, plants, bacteria, physiology, evolution), geography, climatology, geology, hydrology, anthropology, and history. The thirty-seven contributors, including volume editor Michael A. Mares, have had extensive careers in deserts research, encompassing all of the world’s arid and semiarid regions. The Encyclopedia opens with a subject list by topic, an organizational guide that helps the reader grasp interrelationships and complexities in desert systems. Each entry concludes with cross-references to other entries in the volume, inviting the reader to embark on a personal expedition into fascinating, previously unknown terrain. In addition a list of important readings facilitates in-depth study of each topic. An exhaustive index permits quick access to places, topics, and taxonomic listings of all plants and animals discussed. More than one hundred photographs, drawings, and maps enhance our appreciation of the remarkable life, landforms, history, and challenges of the world’s arid land.

Surviving Death Valley

Author: Pamela Dell
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 9781429612661
Release Date: 2008-01-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

"Describes adaptations that occur in the desert environment, including general adaptations and examples"--Provided by publisher.

Ecology of Desert Organisms

Author: Gideon Louw
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
ISBN: 0582443938
Release Date: 1982
Genre: Desert ecology

"In this book the authors consider the ecology of desert organisms. They have illustrated the principles involved with a selection of interesting examples from a wide body of research and from their own experience. In their study they have given equal emphasis to physiological ecology and population ecology. They have looked both at the way organisms avoid the extremes of the desert environment and at adaptations in their morphology, physiology and behaviour which make them better able to tolerate the unfavourable conditions. Reproduction and the dynamics, structure and evolution of desert communities are also discussed in detail, and in the concluding chapter the authors consider the increasingly important role of man in shaping the desert environment. The book provides a broad synthesis of the major principles of ecology, and with its balance between the botanical and zoological aspects of the subject, it will be of value to life scientists in general. Students wishing to broaden their knowledge of ecology as well as the reader interested in desert biology will find here a wealth of fascinating material in a clear and concise form" -- Back cover.

What Can Live in a Desert

Author: Sheila Anderson
Publisher: Lerner Publications
ISBN: 9781541503014
Release Date: 2017-08-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

How do animals like snakes, roadrunners, and scorpions survive in the desert? Discover their adaptations and see!

Ecological Communities and Processes in a Mojave Desert Ecosystem

Author: Philip W. Rundel
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521021413
Release Date: 2005-10-20
Genre: Nature

The Mojave Desert is a winter-rainfall desert, experiencing drought in the summer months and occasional rain during the cooler winter months. For many years it has attracted the attention of ecologists and conservation biologists concerned with maintaining the unique status of this region. This book provides a broad overview of plant and animal ecology in the Mojave Desert, with a focus on data from Rock Valley, Nevada. The data from many major research projects is organized into a synthesis describing community structure and dynamics in desert ecosystems.

Evolution of Desert Biota

Author: David W. Goodall
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9780292769625
Release Date: 2014-07-09
Genre: Science

Written by specialists in the field, the papers in this volume explore evolution of animals and plants on the deserts of North America, South America, and Australia. Together, the articles constitute a complete survey of the geological history of the deserts of three continents, the evolution of the animals and plants of those deserts, and their adaptations to the environments in which they live. The first paper, by Otto T. Solbrig, discusses the flora of the South American temperate and semidesert regions, citing numerous genera and reasons that they are found in the different areas. John S. Beard uses the same approach in his discussion of the evolution of Australian desert plants and focuses on western Australian areas. Guillermo Sarmiento appraises the evolution of arid vegetation in tropical America, including the Lesser Antilles and the Coast Range of Venezuela and Colombia. A. R. Main surveys the adaptation of Australian vertebrates to desert conditions and gives examples of how various species of birds, reptiles, and amphibians adapt to their environment in order for the greatest number to survive. James A. MacMahon designates specific communities in the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan deserts and discusses the similarity of species of the North American desert mammal faunas found there, while Bobbi S. Low focuses on the evolution of amphibian life histories in the desert and compiles a lengthy table of amphibia comparing egg size, habitat, number of eggs per clutch, and so forth. Finally, W. Frank Blair treats adaptation of anurans to equivalent desert scrub of North and South America and cites various species of frogs and toads that are found in similar areas. The volume also includes an introduction by the editor and an index. Evolution of Desert Biota is the result of a symposium held during the First International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology in Boulder, Colorado; in August 1973.

Life in the Desert eBook

Author: Ilene L. Follman
Publisher: Lorenz Educational Press
ISBN: 9780787783051
Release Date: 1995-09-01
Genre: Desert ecology

Provides background information, reproducible pages and integrated activities which involve observing, classifying, measuring, recording, predicting, writing, constructing, comparing, contrasting, describing, organizing, and sharing. Topics include : deserts of the world, desert plants, desert animals. For grades K-3.

Desert Life

Author: Karen Krebbs
Publisher: Adventure Publications
ISBN: 9781591936640
Release Date: 2017-02-14
Genre: Nature

The desert is more than just a barren wasteland -- it's an ecological system booming with life. Have you ever wondered which animals call the Southwest's deserts home? Have you asked yourself how they can possibly survive? This fantastic guide to desert life, written by Karen Krebbs, holds the answers. With stunning photography, as well as fascinating and surprising information, you'll find Desert Life of the Southwest hard to put down! Book Features: Spotlight on more than 100 species of desert animals and plants Special emphasis on how to spot them and how they survive in the desert Animal species that include everything from small insects to large mammals Engaging information about the Chihuahuan, Great Basin, Mojave, and Sonoran deserts "Wow" facts, diet, predators, lifespan, and more

Atlas of the World s Deserts

Author: Nathaniel Harris
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781579583101
Release Date: 2003-01
Genre: Nature

An illustrated look at the major deserts of the world includes coverage of how deserts form; variations in weather, topography, and geography; desert plants and their adaptations; creatures of the desert; and resource extraction and its consequences.

Animals in the Desert

Author: John Wood
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
ISBN: 9781534523654
Release Date: 2017-12-15
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

The desert is home to many different animal species. These animals make their habitats in this dry climate, which can sometimes be difficult to survive in because of the hot temperatures and scarce food sources. Fun facts about desert animals are presented through age-appropriate text, which covers common science curriculum topics such as animal adaptations and biomes. Vibrant, full-color photographs provide readers with examples of what desert animals look like and how they appear in their natural habitats.

Ecology of Desert Systems

Author: Walter G. Whitford
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 008050499X
Release Date: 2002-03-25
Genre: Science

Conventional wisdom considers deserts stark, harsh regions that support few living things. Most people also believe that water alone makes the desert bloom. Ecology of Desert Systems challenges these conventional views. This volume explores a broad range of topics of interest to ecosystem, population, community, and physiological ecologists. Climate, weather patterns, geomorphology, and wind and water processes are examined as variables that affect the distribution of biota through fundamental ecosystem processes. Descriptions of morphological, behavioral, and physiological adaptations of desert biota illuminate, through the lens of patch dynamics, principles for understanding observed patterns of primary production, nutrient cycling, and the effects of consumers. Desertification, and the techniques for monitoring and quantifying it, is examined within the framework of desert ecosystem patterns and processes. * Focuses on the interactions of climate, soil, and biota along a spectrum of spatial and temporal scales * Details the role of animals in desert ecosystems and landscape processes * Examines watershed scale processes, the ecology of ephemeral lakes, and the ecological changes identified with desertification * Outlines the fundamental concepts relevant to sustainable development of arid lands