New PDF release: The Voice of the Desert, a Naturalist's Interpretation

By Joseph Wood Krutch

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Not many months in the past the creosote used to be lined with shiny yellow pealike flowers; the mesquite with light yel low catkins. N ow the previous is heavy with grey seed and at the mesquite are forming lengthy pods which Indians as soon as ate and which farm animals now locate an surprisingly wealthy food.

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For instance, plant invasions have t­ransformed grasslands over large tracts of the western United States from native perennial ­grasslands to ecosystems dominated by alien annuals. The transformation of vegetation dominated by sagebrush to cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) or red brome (B. madritensis) monocultures, both from the ­Mediterranean Basin, has initiated a fire regime that prevents the establishment of native perennial species (D’Antonio and Vitousek 1992). 4 Cum. new 50k areas 120 N 300 0 300 100 80 60 40 Kilometers 20 0 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 Year Fig.

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