1. Arid Environments: Their Nature and Extent

  1. David S. G. Thomas
  1. David S. G. Thomas

Published Online: 13 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470710777.ch1

Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, Third Edition

Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, Third Edition

How to Cite

Thomas, D. S. G. (2011) Arid Environments: Their Nature and Extent, in Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, Third Edition (ed D. S. G. Thomas), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470710777.ch1

Editor Information

  1. School of Geography and Environment, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY, UK

Author Information

  1. School of Geography and Environment, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 25 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470519080

Online ISBN: 9780470710777

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Keywords:

  • large-scale controls and dryland variability;
  • aridity, and moisture deficit in environment - features of the Earth's land surface;
  • arid zone distinctiveness - a quest;
  • age of aridity on Earth - desert dunes, aridity on Earth since Precambrian times;
  • extent of global drylands;
  • arid zone distribution by continent;
  • climate variability, interannual variability in precipitation - characteristic of arid regions;
  • dryland ecosystems, interplay - plants and land surface, in geomorphological respect;
  • arid zone geomorphology and people;
  • geomorphology of arid environments

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Geomorphology in arid environments

  • Arid zone distinctiveness and the quest for explanation

  • Arid zones: terminology and definitions

  • The age of aridity on Earth

  • The distribution of arid zones

  • Causes of aridity

  • Climate variability

  • Dryland ecosystems

  • Arid zone geomorphology and people

  • Organisation of this book

  • References