Index Numerals in italics indicate a photograph or painting of the subject mentioned.
Abbas II, 144
Abu Simbel (temple), 146-147
Acacia trees, 5, 57
Africa, 11, 12, 102, 115; animals of, 72, 76, 77, 78, 170; people of, 127-136 passim (See also Desert dwellers); plants of, 56, 58, 64, 65. See also specific area, e.g., Sahara, The
Agriculture: and dew, 102; farmland, 15-16, 38-39, 173; in Iran, 13; and locusts, 115, 125; Mozabite, 136; of the Nile Valley, 146-147; and nomadism, 131; in Palestine, 165-166, 172; and slavery, 134; in Turkestan, 12. See also Animals, domestic; Grazing lands; Irrigation
Ahaggar Mountains, 133, 134
Aiguilles de Sissé, 22
Air, 13-14, 28-29. See also Respiration; Temperature; Water; Wind
Airplanes, 129, 131, 171
Ajjir Mountains, 133
Alcohol, 170
Alfalfa hay, 15-16
Algeria, 24, 132; Mozabites in, 20, 134, 136; oil in, 182-183
Allium, 139
Aloe, 64
Altitudes, 13-14
America. See North America; South America
Amphibia, 70-71, 96. See also specific varieties
Amu Darya River, 167
Andes Mountains, 2
Animals: desert adaptation of, 10, 15, 77, 83, 95-102; domestic, 15, 26, 29, 117- 118, 119-120, 131, 132-133, 166, 168, 169, 170; insectivorous, 60, 76; mammals, 15, 75-78, 96-97; marsupial, 58, 75, 76, 78, 96; nocturnal, 14, 98, 129; and plant thorniness, 58; and reproduction of plants, 56, 78; ruminant, 96-97, 98, 170; tracks of, 104; water requirements of, 15, 83, 95-102. See also specific animals, e.g., Camel
Antelopes, 72, 75, 78, 130, 170
Ants, 70, 71; harvester, 114- 115, 120; honeypot, 115
Arabian Desert, 11, 31, 34; El Goléa, 24; plants of, 123, 170
Arabs, 126, 131, 133, 134, 140-141; agriculture of, 29, 166; and oil, 169
Argentina, 12, 57, 115
Aridity: adaptation to, 53-54, 58, 70, 105, 114, 116-117; defined, 13. See also Rainfall; Water
Aristotle, 95
Arizona, 12, 46, 102, 131, 171; animals of, 72, 78; grasslands of, 118, 169; plants of, 55, 59
Arkansas River, 33
Arroyos, 31
Art, 132
Arthropods, 70, 89. See also specific arthropods
Ash Meadows, Nevada, 70
Asia, 77, 115, 128, 159. See also specific countries
Aswan Dam, 147, 167
Atacama-Peruvian Desert, 12, 13, 14, 29, 169
Atlantic Ocean, 29, 131, 140
Atlas Mountains, 132
Atriplex (saltbush), 57, 117, 118
Aurelian, 149
Australian Desert, 11, 15, 32, 115; aborigines of (See Bindibu); climate of, 13, 29; marsupials of, 58, 75, 76, 78, 96; rabbits in, 106-107, 118-120
Austria, 10
Azizia, Libya, 13
"Azores high," 28-29
Baboons, 56
Badger, 76, 78, 92, 93
Badlands, 32, 41
Baghdad, 13
Bagnold, Ralph A., quoted, 33, 34
Baiadas, 30
Baja California, 12, 13, 14, 29, 167
Bantu, 153
Baobab, 56
Barbary coast, 133
Barchans, 33-34
Barley, 165
Barrel cactus, 55, 66
Basalt, 46
Bats, 15, 69, 74, 76, 91; color of, 77; water economy of, 97
Beavertail cactus, 52
Bedouins. See Arabs
Beersheba, 166
Bees, 60
Beetles, 60, 70, 71, 159
Benguella Current, 29
Beni Isguen, 20
Benson, Seth B., cited, 77
Berbers, 124, 133, 134, 137. See alsoTuareg "Bermuda high," 29
Bi, 58
Bible, The, 148-149
Bicycle Dry Lake, 70, 105
Bindibu, 129, 130-131, 138, 158-159, 160-163
Birds, 69, 73-74, 87; dormancy in, 100, 101; excretion of, 14, 97; and heat, 96. See alsospecific birds, e.g., Doves
Boas, 72
Bobcats, 83, 120
Bobwhite, masked, 118
Bolsons, 30
Boojum tree, 123
Borax, 14, 169
Boron, 169
Borrego Desert, 41, 63
Brazil, 100
Breathing. SeeRespiration
Briggs, Lloyd Cabot, quoted, 135
Brittlebush, 57
Bryce Canyon, 40-41
Bulbs, 14-15, 58
Burroweed, 118
Burrows, 77-78, 114, 118; and temperature, 77, 96, 99
Bushmen, 58, 128, 129-131, 137, 152-153, 154-157
Butterflies, 60
Buttes, 26, 35, 37
Byzantine Empire, 166
Cacti, 15, 57, 75, 117, 118. See also specific varieties
Cactus wren, 15, 75, 83, 123
Cairo, Egypt, 142-143
California, 12, 28, 30, 41, 102, 167, 173; animals of, 72, 77, 78; ants of, 114; birds of, 100; plants of, 56, 59
California Current, 29
Camel, 21, 131, 134, 166; theft of, 135; and trade, 132-133, 135; water economy of, 98, 97-98, 140
Canaries Current, 29
Candy cactus, 67
Caravans: and camels, 133, 134; lost, 129; trade routes, 144, 148-149
Carnegie Desert Laboratory, 59
Carthaginians, 132
Casa Grande, 131, 172
Cascade Mountains, 12, 29
Caspian Sea, 12
Catclaw, 118
Cats, 69, 76, 78, 159; bobcat, 83, 120; ringtail, 118
Cattle, 118, 166, 167, 169, 170; tracks of, 104
Cenozoic period, 27
Centipedes, 70
Century plant, 54, 170
Cereus, night-blooming, 54
Chaco canyon, 132
Chad, 21, 143, 144
Chamba, 133, 135
Chari River, 132
Chenopod, 122
Chihuahuan Desert, 12, 70
China, 12, 30, 32
Cholla cactus, 55, 75, 84, 121, 123, 124
Chuckwalla lizard, 72, 80-81
Cicada. See Locusts
Cities. See Oases, and see specific cities
Citrus, 171
Clothing, 128, 129, 131, 160; Tuareg, 126, 134, 137, 138- 139
Clouds, 14-15, 28, 35
Coachella Valley, 114, 120
Cold. See Temperature
Color: attractive to insects, 60; as desert adaptation of animals, 76, 77; and heat, 128, 129-130; of locusts, 115; of rocks, 40
Colorado, Big Thompson project, 167
Colorado River, 31, 38-39, 101, 102, 171; GrandCanyon of, 32, 172; Lake Mead delta, 38, 48
Columbia Basin project, 167
Columbine, 60
Comb-bur, 114
Copper, 166, 169
Cotton, 171
Coyote, 76, 77, 78, 92, 116
Creosote, 14, 57, 63, 72
Crickets, 70, 118
Crucifix thorn, 57
Currents, map 10-11, 28-29
Daisies, 61
Dakhla, 13
Damascus, 149
Dams, 38-39, 147, 165, 171; Soviet, 167
Dandelion, 62, 169
Dates, 140, 165, 171
Dead Sea, 14, 30, 165
Death Valley National Monument, 56, 70, 172, 185
Deer, 75, 76, 78, 118; mule deer, 76, 92, 96-97
Defense: of kangaroo rat, 77, 83; of reptiles, 69, 72, 73, 74, 75
Dehydration, 96, 128-129
Desert dwellers, 127-136, 137, 146-147; and formation of deserts, 16, 29, 50, 166-168, 170; modern American, 9, 171-173, 184-185. See also specific groups
Deserts: age of, 16, 27-28, 30, 31, 131-132; "desert pavement,'' 32; formation of, 27-34, 131-132; location of, map 10-11, 13. See also specific aspects, e.g., Desert dwellers; and see specific deserts

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  • Title Page 3
  • About the Author 4
  • Contents 5
  • Introduction 7
  • 1 - Scorched Belts on the Earth 9
  • 2 - The Creation of Deserts 27
  • 3 - Plants Under the Sun 52
  • 4 - The World of Desert Animals 69
  • 5 - Water: The Eternal Problem 94
  • 6 - Life Patterns in Arid Lands 112
  • 7 - Man Against Desert 127
  • 8 - The Desert Tamed 165
  • Bibliography 186
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