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Aridland Springs in North America
Ecology and Conservation
By Lawrence E. Stevens; Vicky J. Meretsky
432 pp. / 6.00 in x 9.00 in / 2008
Cloth (978-0-8165-2645-1) [s]
  
Series
  - Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Studies in Natural History

Related Interest
  - Arid Lands Studies


Springs ecosystems are among the most structurally complicated, ecologically and biologically diverse, productive, evolutionarily provocative, and threatened ecosystems on earth. Springs are places
This volume is a must read for all who are interested in the oases or the future of water in the western states.

—Choice

where groundwater reaches the earth's surface through complex, tortuous, and sometimes lengthy flow paths. Historically, they have been revered as sacred places to almost all cultures. Geologically, springs represent some of the most interesting locales available for study. Biologically, springs ecosystems exert a vastly disproportionate impact on regional ecology in relation to their size. In the otherwise harsh environments of arid lands, springs may provide long-term stable habitats that support unique species and evolutionary processes.

Aridland Springs in North America offers a much-needed comprehensive synthesis of aridland springs ecology. Stevens and Meretsky have assembled chapters from numerous and diverse experts from the fields of geology, hydrology, geomorphology, water quality, ecosystem dynamics, water law, and conservation biology. Through analyses and case studies, these contributors provide an in-depth overview of these topics and address issues critical for improving the knowledge and conservation of springs. This volume goes beyond examining the ecological importance of aridland springs to provide practical and productive ideas for their preservation. The authors facilitate future research by cultivating a language with which to collectively describe and study springs ecosystems, creating the beginnings of a comprehensive springs classification system.

This book could not be more timely, as groundwater depletion throughout the continent is rapidly decimating these vital sources of life.

CONTENTS

Prologue
Gary P. Nabhan

1 Springs Ecosystem Ecology And Conservation
Lawrence E. Stevens And Vicky J. Meretsky

2 The Demise Of Desert Springs
Peter J. Unmack And W. L. Minckley*

3 The Hydrology Of Desert Springs In North America
David K. Kreamer And Abe Springer

4 A Comprehensive Springs Classification System: Integrating Geomorphic, Hydrogeochemical, And Ecological Criteria
Abraham E. Springer, Lawrence E. Stevens, Diana E. Anderson, Roderic A. Parnell1, David K. Kreamer, Lisa Levin, And Stephen P. Flora1

5 Quaternary Cauldron Springs As Paleoecological Archives
C. Vance Haynes Jr.

6 The Extreme Environment, Trophic Structure, And Ecosystem Dynamics Of A Large Fishless Desert Spring: Montezuma Well, Arizona
Dean W. Blinn

7 Combining Ecological Research And Conservation: A Case Study In Cuatro Ciénegas, Coahuila, México
Dean A. Hendrickson, Jane C. Marks, Angie Moline, Eric Dinger, Adam Cohen

8 The Desert Fan Palm Oasis
James W. Cornett

9 Spring-Supported Vegetation Along The Colorado River, Colorado Plateau: Floristics, Vegetation Structure And Environment
John R. Spence

10 Mechanisms Of Change In Seep/Spring Plant Communities On The Southern Colorado Plateau
Vicky J. Meretsky

11 Biodiversity And Productivity At An Undisturbed Spring In Comparison With Adjacent Grazed Riparian And Upland Habitats
Bianca S. Perla And Lawrence E. Stevens

12 Plant Diversity Influenced By Indigenous Management Of Freshwater Springs: Flora Of Quitovac, Sonora, Mexico
Gary Paul Nabhan

13 Historic And Prehistoric Ethnobiology Of Desert Springs
Amadeo M. Rea

14 Vegetation Dynamics Of Great Basin Springs: Potential Effects Of Groundwater Withdrawal
Duncan Patten, Leigh Rouse, Juliet Stromberg

15 The Knowles Canyon Hanging Garden, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Eight Years After Burning: Changes In Vegetation And Soil Biota
Tim B. Graham

16 Between The Cracks: Water Law And Spring Conservation In Arizona
Nancy Nelson

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