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Prescott College (1999)

The secret knowledge of water : A geography of water in American deserts

Childs, Craig Leland

Titre : The secret knowledge of water : A geography of water in American deserts

Auteur : Childs, Craig Leland

Université de soutenance : Prescott College

Grade : Master of Arts (MA) 1999

Résumé
The action of water defines the shape of the desert landscape and the dynamics of desert ecology. The first part of this thesis is a creative nonfiction work that poses the hypothesis that the presence and absence of water is the primary biotic and abiotic influence in American deserts. This section is written for a general reading audience and is not intended to be a scholarly document. The second section of the thesis consists of cited data supporting the hypothesis. This "notes" section includes my own primary field research and transcripts of interviews with other researchers, as well as a thorough review of existing literature. Aquatic and stream ecology, species migration and dispersal mechanisms, climatic dynamics, and fluvial geomorphology are used to illuminate the physical and ecological properties and processes of water in arid regions.

Mots clés : Ecology, Environmental science, Health and environmental sciences, Geography, Earth sciences, Biological sciences Freshwater ecology

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