Ecological Studies

Arid Dune Ecosystems

The Nizzana Sands in the Negev Desert

Editors: Breckle, Siegmar-W., Yair, Aaron, Veste, Maik (Eds.)

  • Analysis is applicable to other sandy ecosystems
  • Interdisciplinary investigation provides high-quality data across the spectrum
  • Examines the obtained data in the context of global climate change
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Sand dune dynamics plays a key role in many arid deserts. This volume provides a synthesis of a specific sand dune ecosystem, the Nizzana site in the Negev Desert. Describing its climate and geophysical/geochemical properties of soils, geological history, flora and fauna, and past/present land-use patterns, it elucidates ecological and geomorphological processes and their interrelations, based on long-term monitoring, in situ experiments and satellite imagery. Particular attention is drawn to the impact of the topsoil biological crust in controlling water availability at local/regional scales. The interdisciplinary approach adopted in this case study offers a good example of a highly complex and dynamic system, which could easily be applied to other sandy ecosystems.

This is a valuable source of information for soil ecologists and microbiologists, conservation biologists, desert ecologists and geographers, geomorphologists, soil scientists and climatologists, lecturers, policy makers and others interested in deserts and desertification.

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From the reviews:

"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." (José Luis Rubio, ESSC Newsletter, Issue 3, 2009)


Table of contents (30 chapters)

  • Geological Background of the Nizzana Area

    Ben-David, R. (et al.)

    Pages 9-15

  • Geo-Ecology of the North-Western Negev Sand Field

    Yair, A. (et al.)

    Pages 17-24

  • Formation and Geomorphology of the North-Western Negev Sand Dunes

    Tsoar, H. (et al.)

    Pages 25-48

  • The Regional Climatic Setting

    Littmann, T. (et al.)

    Pages 49-63

  • Soil Characteristicsand Pattern of the Nizzana Research Site

    Blume, H. -P. (et al.)

    Pages 65-77

Buy this book

eBook $269.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $339.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-540-75497-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $339.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-09473-6
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Arid Dune Ecosystems
Book Subtitle
The Nizzana Sands in the Negev Desert
Editors
  • Siegmar-W. Breckle
  • Aaron Yair
  • Maik Veste
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
200
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-75498-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-75498-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-75497-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-09473-6
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 475
Number of Illustrations and Tables
214 b/w illustrations, 26 illustrations in colour
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