Best Deserts Ecosystems Books
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1. Oasis: Modern Desert Homes Around the World (CLARKSON POTTER)
Author: by iO Tillett Wright
Published at: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (November 10, 2020)
Welcome to the desert.Welcome home. This visually stunning tour of the world’s most amazing desert homes will inspire you to create an oasis with desert vibes wherever you are. Creatives are drawn in by the extreme landscapes and limited resources of the desert; in fact, they’re inspired by them, and the homes they’ve built here prove the power of an oasis.
From renovated Airstreams to sprawling, modern stucco, desert has become the new beachfront. In Oasis, artist iO Tillett Wright captures the best of this specific culture that emphasizes living simply, beautifully, and in connection with the earth. He highlights the homes that define this desert mindset, featuring the classics like Georgia O’Keefe’s in Abiquiu, New Mexico, alongside more modern homes such as Michael Barnard’s Solar House in Marfa, Texas.
With Casey Dunn’s stunning photography, Oasis will transport you to these relaxing refuges, where you’ll learn what elements create the balance of intentionality, ease, style, and function that these homes exude.
2. Desert Solitaire
Author: by Edward Abbey
Published at: Touchstone (January 15, 1990)
Hailed by The New York Times as a passionately felt, deeply poetic book, the moving autobiographical work of Edward Abbey, considered the Thoreau of the American West, and his passion for the southwestern wilderness. Desert Solitaire is a collection of vignettes about life in the wilderness and the nature of the desert itself by park ranger and conservationist, Edward Abbey.
The book details the unique adventures and conflicts the author faces, from dealing with the damage caused by development of the land or excessive tourism, to discovering a dead body. However Desert Solitaire is not just a collection of one man’s stories, the book is also a philosophical memoir, full of Abbey’s reflections on the desert as a paradox, at once beautiful and liberating, but also isolating and cruel.
Often compared to Thoreau’s Walden, Desert Solitaire is a powerful discussion of life’s mysteries set against the stirring backdrop of the American southwestern wilderness.
3. Hiking Logbook: Hiking Journal With Prompts To Write In, Trail Log Book, Hiker's Journal, Hiking Journal, Hiking Log Book, Hiking Gifts, 6" x 9" Travel Size (Hiking Logbooks & Journals)
Author: by Happy Eden Co
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 5, 2018)
This Hiking Logbook Journal for mountain climbing and hiking enthusiasts is printed on high quality interior stock and professionally bound with a premium matte cover. Each spread contains prompts and information to help you document your journey, a section for notes, and plenty of room to write.
Including a place to record the date, weather, location, elevation gain/loss, time, distance, latitude/longitude, conditions, difficulty level, route taken, trail features as well as a place to document information about fees, parking, shuttles, etc. With several additional prompts for journaling and plenty of space for notes, this conveniently sized guided journal is a hiker’s notebook and makes great hiking gifts!
FEATURES:A 6″ x 9″ travel size for your bag or packPremium Matte Soft CoverA Bright White Interior StockPerfect Binding101 pages (50 pages front and back)INCLUDES PROMPTS FOR:DateWeatherStart/End TimeElevation InfoDistance HikedLatitude/LongitudeConditionsDifficulty LevelMobile Phone Reception and Carrier InfoTrail FeaturesFeesParkingShuttlesGenerous space for Notes & Journaling
4. Desert Oracle: Volume 1: Strange True Tales from the American Southwest
Author: by Ken Layne
Published at: MCD (December 8, 2020)
The cult-y pocket-size field guide to the strange and intriguing secrets of the Mojaveits myths and legends, outcasts and oddballs, flora, fauna, and UFOsbecomes the definitive, oracular book of the desertFor the past five years, Desert Oracle has existed as a quasi-mythical, quarterly periodical available to the very determined only by subscription or at the odd desert-town gas station or the occasional hipster boutique, its canary-yellow-covered, forty-four-page issues handed from one curious desert zealot to the next, word spreading faster than the printers could keep up with.
It became a radio show, a podcast, a live performance. Now, for the first timeand including both classic and new, never-before-seen revelationsDesert Oracle has been bound between two hard covers and is available to you. Straight out of Joshua Tree, California, Desert Oracle is The Voice of the Desert: a field guide to the strange tales, singing sand dunes, sagebrush trails, artists and aliens, authors and oddballs, ghost towns and modern legends, musicians and mystics, scorpions and saguaros, out there in the sand.
5. House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest
Author: by Craig Childs
Published at: Back Bay Books (July 3, 2008)
The greatest “unsolved mystery” of the American Southwest is the fate of the Anasazi, the native peoples who in the eleventh century converged on Chaco Canyon (in today’s southwestern New Mexico) and built what has been called the Las Vegas of its day, a flourishing cultural center that attracted pilgrims from far and wide, a vital crossroads of the prehistoric world.
The Anasazis’ accomplishments – in agriculture, in art, in commerce, in architecture, and in engineering – were astounding, rivaling those of the Mayans in distant Central America. By the thirteenth century, however, the Anasazi were gone from Chaco.Vanished. What was it that brought about the rapid collapse of their civilization?Was it drought?Pestilence?War?Forced migration?
Mass murder or suicide? For many years conflicting theories have abounded. Craig Childs draws on the latest scholarly research, as well as on a lifetime of adventure and exploration in the most forbidding landscapes of the American Southwest, to shed new light on this compelling mystery.
6. A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert
Author: by Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Published at: University of California Press; Second edition (November 17, 2015)
The landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region varies dramatically from parched desert lowlands to semiarid tropical forests and frigid subalpine meadows. Covering southeasternmost California, much of southern and central Arizona, most of Baja California, and much of the state of Sonora, Mexico, it is home to an extraordinary variety of plants and animals.
A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert takes readers deep into its vast expanse, looking closely at the relationships of plants and animals with the land and people, through time and across landscapes. In accessible language, more than forty scientists and/or naturalists examine the region’s biodiversity, geology, weather, plants, and animals (from invertebrates to fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals), as well as potential threats to the species and habitats.
The text is supplemented throughout with anecdotes, essays, photographs, maps, diagrams, and 450 finely rendered drawings. This new edition adds chapters on the Sky Islands, Sea of Cortez, desert pollinators, and conservation issues. Taxonomic nomenclature has been updated and new color plates and figures have been added.
7. Desert Notebooks: A Road Map for the End of Time
Author: by Ben Ehrenreich
Published at: Counterpoint; Illustrated edition (July 7, 2020)
Layering climate science, mythologies, nature writing, and personal experiences, this New York Times Notable Book presents a stunning reckoning with our current moment and with the literal and figurative end of time. Desert Notebooks examines how the unprecedented pace of destruction to our environment and an increasingly unstable geopolitical landscape have led us to the brink of a calamity greater than any humankind has confronted before.
As inhabitants of the Anthropocene, what might some of our own histories tell us about how to confront apocalypse? And how might the geologies and ecologies of desert spaces inform how we see and act toward timethe pasts we have erased and paved over, this anxious present, the future we have no choice but to build?
Ehrenreich draws on the stark grandeur of the desert to ask how we might reckon with the uncertainty that surrounds us and fight off the crises that have already begun. In the canyons and oases of the Mojave and in Las Vegas’s neon apocalypse, Ehrenreich finds beauty, and even hope, surging up in the most unlikely places, from the most barren rocks, and the apparent emptiness of the sky.
8. Anza-Borrego Desert Region: Your Complete Guide to the State Park and Adjacent Areas of the Western Colorado Desert
Author: by Lowell Lindsay
Published at: Wilderness Press; New edition includes new trails and information about this region that may not be known to the general public (December 5, 2017)
The book you need before you go to the Anza-Borrego Desert The Anza-Borrego and Western Colorado Desert Region is a vast, intriguing landscape that harbors a rich variety of desert plants and animals. Prepare for adventure with this comprehensive guidebook, providing everything from trail logs and natural history to a Desert Directory of agencies, accommodations, and facilities, as well as highway mileage markers and GPS coordinates.
It is the perfect companion for hikers, campers, history buffs, and casual visitors. The popular guidebook by Lowell Lindsay and Diana Lindsay is fully updated and offers complete coverage of over 1 million acres of desert lands and adjoining mountainous areas: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area, parts of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, Bureau of Land Management recreational and wilderness lands, and more.
Anza-Borrego Desert Region features 200 trails of varying difficulty and distances that appeal to both the novice and seasoned hiker. Plus, the newly revised back pocket map is also included, showing expanded boundaries for state park and state vehicular recreation areas.
9. California Desert Byways: 68 of California's Best Backcountry Drives
Author: by Tony Huegel
Published at: Wilderness Press; 3rd edition (December 21, 2006)
Explore the best adventure roads in California’s desertsYearning to venture beyond the pavement? Eager to wander the wild in your 4×4? Searching for a secluded dayhike or campsite? Whether you drive a custom 4WD rig or a factory-stock SUV, you’ll find the perfect tour in this handy guide by Tony Huegel.
California Desert Byways will help you discover the hidden surprises along the American West’s most beautiful and historic unpaved backroadsFrom day trips to weekend getaways and even longer multiday treks, the 68 tours in this trail-tested adventure guide will take you from sky-scraping peaks to remote warm springs and palm-shaded oases.
Many are near secluded campsites and can be jumping-off points for hiking and mountain biking. All follow established roads through some of the wildest country in the West. With tours for drivers of every experience level, the new edition covers such top-tier destinations as Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks, Mojave National Preserve and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
10. Diabetic Meal Prep for Beginners: Delicious… And Easy Recipes – A 4 Weeks Meal Plan to Manage Newly Diagnosed Diabetes and Prediabetes| With an Easy Guide to Understand Diabetes and Living Better
Author: by Lory Ramos
Published at: Independently published (January 11, 2021)
Take control of your life and enjoy every meal with a 4 week meal plan, new flavors and hundreds of recipes…! Are You Looking For an Easy to Understand Guide to Managing And Preventing Diabetes Effectively? If yes, this cookbook is one of the best things to have in Your kitchen.
Diabetes can impact anyone. Healthy diet or not, you could come down with diabetes next week, and for some people, that is precisely the case. When you’re newly diagnosed with diabetes figuring out what is safe to eat can be very complicated.
This diabetic cookbook makes it easier to not only manage your diseasebut to begin to thrive. Create your meals with a 4-week meal plan program and hundreds of flavorful, easy and delicious recipes. This cookbook is designed keeping in mind the conditions and body taste of someone who is just beginning to follow the diabetes meal plan.
Having diagnosed with diabetes can be frustrating at times, given the strict diet control it requires. Diabetes is surprisingly common:Roughly 9. 4% of the United States population is living with diabetes. Despite being one of the most common ailments that affect people around the world, eating a well-prepared diet can sometimes be exhausting and more often than not leads to people giving up halfway.
11. Sonoran Desert Food Plants: Edible Uses for the Desert's Wild Bounty
Author: by Charles W. Kane
Published at: Lincoln Town Press; Second edition (September 1, 2017)
Second edition improvements include: additional profiles, larger photos, Arizona-only county-by-county location maps, and a season collection indicator for each plant. Sonoran Desert Food Plants is specifically designed for the outdoor enthusiast whom is in need of a concise, no-nonsense booklet instructing on the collection, preparation, and utilization of 58 regional edible plants.
Essentially: find it, gather it, and eat it. 120 color photos, 58 Arizona location maps, common and scientific names, preparation and toxicity issues, and concise medicinal and related ethnobotanical uses serve as accents making Sonoran Desert Food Plants a useful resource for any Arizona resident.
The following plants are covered (49 indigenous to the Sonoran Desert/Uplands and 9 non-native yet abundant): Agave, Amaranth, Arizona Jewel Flower, Asian Mustard, Barrel Cactus, Beargrass, Biscuitroot, Bluedicks, Bowlesia, Canyon Walnut, Catclaw, Cattail, Chia, Cholla, Desert Hackberry, Desert Hollygrape, Desert Lily, Devil’s Claw, Elder, Feather Tree, Flameflower, Graythorn, Ground Cherry, Hedgehog Cactus, Horse Purslane, Ironwood, Jewels of Opar, Jojoba, Lambsquarters, Lemonade Berry, London Rocket, Mallow, Mariposa lily, Mesquite, Miner’s Lettuce, Monkey Flower, Paloverde, Papalo, Pellitory, Pincushion Cactus, Poreleaf, Prickly Pear, Purslane, Saguaro, Sow Thistle, Texas Mulberry, Thistle, Tumbleweed, Watercress, Wild Gourd, Wild Lettuce, Wild Oats, Wild Rhubarb, Wild Sunflower, Wolfberry, Yellowshow, Yucca (Fruit), and Yucca (Stalk).
12. The Explorer's Guide to Death Valley National Park, Third Edition
Author: by T. Scott Bryan
Published at: University Press of Colorado; 1st edition (January 15, 2015)
Originally published in 1995, soon after Death Valley National Park became the fifty-third park in the US park system, The Explorer’s Guide to Death Valley National Park was the first complete guidebook available for this spectacular area. Now in its third edition, this is still the only book that includes all aspects of the park.
Much more than just a guidebook, it covers the park’s cultural history, botany and zoology, hiking and biking opportunities, and more. Information is provided for all of Death Valley’s visitors, from first-time travelers just learning about the area to those who are returning for in-depth explorations.
The book includes updated point-to-point logs for every road within and around the park, as well as more accurate maps than those in any other publication. With extensive input from National Park Service resource management, law enforcement, and interpretive personnel, as well as a thorough bibliography for suggested reading, The Explorer’s Guide to Death Valley National Park, Third Edition is the most up-to-date, accurate, and comprehensive guide available for this national treasure.
13. The Nature of Desert Nature (Southwest Center Series)
Author: by Gary Paul Nabhan
Published at: University of Arizona Press (November 10, 2020)
In this refreshing collection, one of our best writers on desert places, Gary Paul Nabhan, challenges traditional notions of the desert. Beautiful, reflective, and at times humorous, Nabhan’s extended essay also called The Nature of Desert Nature reveals the complexity of what a desert is and can be.
He passionately writes about what it is like to visit a desert and what living in a desert looks like when viewed through a new frame, turning age-old notions of the desert on their heads. Nabhan invites a prism of voicesfriends, colleagues, and advisors from his more than four decades of study of desertsto bring their own perspectives.
Scientists, artists, desert contemplatives, poets, and writers bring the desert into view and investigate why these places compel us to walk through their sands and beneath their cacti and acacia. We observe the spines and spears, stings and songs of the desert anew.Unexpected.Surprising.Enchanting.
Like the desert itself, each essay offers renewed vocabulary and thoughtful perceptions. The desert inspires wonder. Attending to history, culture, science, and spirit, The Nature of Desert Nature celebrates the bounty and the significance of desert places. Contributors Thomas M.
14. Garden Design and Landscaping: A Simple step by step Guide about Home Landscape Design for Beginners to Create Plant Combinations for an Abundant Garden
Author: by Mark Parkes
Published at: Independently published; Illustrated edition (August 1, 2020)
Thumb through Garden Design and Landscaping to develop YOUR green thumb! No matter what color your thumb is when you open this book, this DIY gardening guide can take your planting (and landscaping) skills from no-grow novice to gardening guru in a matter of PAGES.
Written for the go-getting DIY-er, Garden Design and Landscaping is a back-to-the-basics breakdown of garden design, helping you formulate a plan with the space you have and see that plan throughwith all the posy particulars in between. To get to your backyard garden oasis, Mark Parkes, a gardener, landscape architect, designer, and creator of public and private gardens for over two decades, walks with you through this step-by-step guide to help you create your dream garden.
What makes Garden Design and Landscaping the only read you’ll need when it comes to garden design? Most landscaping books are NOT made for all-level gardeners, with too-technical terms, sector-specific information, and inapplicable tips that leave almost three-fourth of readers scratching their heads.
15. Sowing Seeds in the Desert: Natural Farming, Global Restoration, and Ultimate Food Security
Author: by Masanobu Fukuoka
Published at: Chelsea Green Publishing; Illustrated edition (September 3, 2013)
The earth is in great peril, due to the corporatization of agriculture, the rising climate crisis, and the ever-increasing levels of global poverty, starvation, and desertification on a massive scale. This present condition of global trauma is not “natural,” but a result of humanity’s destructive actions.
And, according to Masanobu Fukuoka, it is reversible. We need to change not only our methods of earth stewardship, but also the very way we think about the relationship between human beings and nature. Fukuoka grew up on a farm on the island of Shikoku in Japan.
As a young man he worked as a customs inspector for plants going into and out of the country. This was in the 1930s when science seemed poised to create a new world of abundance and leisure, when people fully believed they could improve upon nature by applying scientific methods and thereby reap untold rewards.
While working there, Fukuoka had an insight that changed his life forever. He returned to his home village and applied this insight to developing a revolutionary new way of farming that he believed would be of great benefit to society.