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Climate Change in Deserts
Past, Present and Future

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  • Date Published: July 2014
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  • isbn: 9781316055991

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  • This book reconstructs climatic changes in deserts and their margins at a variety of scales in space and time. It draws upon evidence from land and sea, including desert dunes, wind-blown dust, river and lake sediments, glacial moraines, plant and animal fossils, isotope geochemistry, speleothems, soils, and prehistoric archaeology. The book summarises the Cenozoic evolution of the major deserts of the Americas, Eurasia, Africa and Australia and the causes of historic floods and droughts. The book then considers the causes and consequences of desertification and proposes four key conditions for achieving ecologically sustainable use of natural resources in arid and semi-arid areas. Climate Change in Deserts is an invaluable reference for researchers and advanced students interested in the climate and geomorphology of deserts: geographers, geologists, ecologists, archaeologists, soil scientists, hydrologists, climatologists and natural resource managers.

    • Assesses the scope and limitations of the various lines of evidence used to reconstruct past climatic changes in deserts
    • Provides a synthesis of past environmental and climatic change in the dry lands of each major continent
    • Considers the causes of and suggests possible solutions to desertification
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    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316055991
    • contains: 147 b/w illus. 27 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Present-day desert environments
    3. Cenozoic evolution of deserts
    4. Adaptations to life in deserts
    5. Evolution of desert research
    6. Dating desert landforms and sediments
    7. Stable isotope geochemistry
    8. Desert dunes
    9. Desert dust
    10. Desert rivers
    11. Desert lakes
    12. The pluvial debate
    13. Desert glaciation
    14. Speleothems and tufas in arid areas
    15. Desert soils, paleosols and duricrusts
    16. Plant and animal fossils in deserts
    17. Prehistoric occupation of deserts
    18. African and Arabian deserts
    19. Asian deserts
    20. North American deserts
    21. South American deserts
    22. Australian deserts
    23. Historic floods and droughts
    24. Desertification: causes, consequences and solutions
    25. Current climatic trends and possible future changes
    26. Towards sustainable use of deserts.

  • Author

    Martin Williams, University of Adelaide
    Martin Williams is Emeritus Professor at the University of Adelaide, Australia. His particular contribution is the reconstruction of prehistoric environments, ranging from the habitats occupied by early hominids in the Afar Rift of Ethiopia to the Neolithic occupation in the Sahara and the Nile valley to the late Pleistocene wetlands in the arid Flinders Ranges of South Australia, using evidence from a wide variety of disciplines. He is a recipient of the Cuthbert Peek Medal from the Royal Geographical Society, the Sir Joseph Verco Medal from the Royal Society of South Australia, the Distinguished Geomorphologist Medal from the Australia and New Zealand Geomorphology Group, and the Farouk El Baz Award for Desert Research from the Geological Society of America. He is the author of more than two hundred research papers (twelve in Nature) and has edited or authored twelve books, including Landform Evolution in Australasia (with J. L. Davies, 1978), The Sahara and the Nile (with Hugues Faure, 1980), and Quaternary Environments (with David Dunkerley, Patrick De Deckker, Peter Kershaw and John Chappell; 1993, 1998).

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