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Management of semi-arid ecosystems

Author: B H Walker
Publisher: Amsterdam ; New York : Elsevier Scientific Pub. Co. ; New York : Distributors for the U.S. and Canada, Elsevier North-Holland, 1979.
Series: Developments in agricultural and managed-forest ecology, 7.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Extensive regions of the world have a climate which, whilst permitting development of a continuous vegetative cover, is too dry for successful annual cropping. These are the semi-arid areas where land use is based on the natural vegetation. Easily degraded and difficult to maintain, they are under increasing pressure as expanding human populations move in and endeavour to force a living from them. As a result they  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Case studies
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Management of semi-arid ecosystems.
Amsterdam ; New York : Elsevier Scientific Pub. Co. ; New York : Distributors for the U.S. and Canada, Elsevier North-Holland, 1979
(DLC) 79004395
(OCoLC)4804629
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: B H Walker
ISBN: 0444417591 9780444417596 1299774296 9781299774292 0444599975 9780444599971
OCLC Number: 681086662
Language Note: English.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (x, 398 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Front Cover; Management of Semi-Arid Ecosystems; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Section I: Introducation; References; Section II: Ecology and Management of the World's Semi-Arid Regions; Chapter 1. Cattle ranching in the semi-arid savannas of East and Southern Africa; Introduction; The environment; Present land-use and production methods; The management of semi-arid savanna for cattle production; Conclusion; References; Chapter 2. Game ranching in Africa; Introduction; Ecological characteristics of the semi-arid savannas; Past and present land-use The theoretical basis of game ranchingPractical implications in game ranching; Conclusions; Recommendations; References; Chapter 3. Management of the semi-arid and arid rangelands of Australia; Introduction; A description of the arid lands; History and structure of land-use; Present management of the arid and semi-arid lands; Conclusions; References; Chapter 4. Management of semi-arid ecosystems in Israel; Introduction; Environment and biota; History; The old crop-livestock system; Ecological evaluation of the traditional system; Recent changes in the Bedouin system; The new cropping system New integrated cropping grazing systems?Other land-uses; References; Chapter 5. Utilization of grass- and shrublands of the south-western United States; Introduction; Climate; Land, plant and animal resources; Past land-use; Present conditions; Recommended land-use practices; References; Chapter 6. Land-use in the southern margins of the Sahara; Introduction; Environment; Agricultural systems; The ecological impact of agriculture; Use and abuse of the environment; References; Chapter 7. Ecology of the semi-arid regions of India with emphasis on land-use; Introduction; Geographical limits ClimateGeology; Soil; Biota; Vegetation and land-use; Conclusions and recommendations; References; Chapter 8. Ecology and management of semi-arid ecosystems in Brazil; Introduction; Caatinga; Cerrado; References; Chapter 9. Land-use of semi-deserts in the U.S.S.R; Introduction; Natural features of the semi-deserts of the U.S.S.R; Utilization of the natural resources; Conclusions; References; Chapter 10. Land-use of semi-deserts in Central Asia; Natural features of the semi-deserts; The use of natural resources; Conclusion; References Chapter 11. Management of natural vegetation in the semi-arid ecosystems of MexicoIntroduction; Description of the ecosystems; Ecosystem management; Recommended management practices; References; Section III: Discussion; Chapter 12. Management principles for semi-arid ecosystems; Introduction; Determinants of semi-arid ecosystems; Management principles for semi-arid ecosystems; References; Author Index
Series Title: Developments in agricultural and managed-forest ecology, 7.
Responsibility: edited by B.H. Walker.

Abstract:

Extensive regions of the world have a climate which, whilst permitting development of a continuous vegetative cover, is too dry for successful annual cropping. These are the semi-arid areas where land use is based on the natural vegetation. Easily degraded and difficult to maintain, they are under increasing pressure as expanding human populations move in and endeavour to force a living from them. As a result they contain some of the worst examples of resource degradation. This book examines the problems and opportunities involved in man's use of semi-arid areas. The authors are all actively involved in research and land management in the areas discussed. Each chapter begins with a detailed, up-to-date account of the ecology of the region (its climate, soils, vegetation, fauna and main ecological characteristics). This is followed by a history of land use, problems involved in its management, a review of current research and recommended land use practices. The common features of semi-arid ecosystems are brought together in a final section.

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