Physics of desertification

  • Farouk El-Baz
  • M. H. A. Hassan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. H. E. Dregne
    Pages 4-34
  3. Michael M. Verstraete, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele
    Pages 35-41
  4. Jens Tyge Møller
    Pages 59-69
  5. S. S. Tag El Din
    Pages 118-126
  6. Farouk El-Baz
    Pages 141-158
  7. Ronald Greeley
    Pages 159-190
  8. Dale A. Gillette
    Pages 251-260
  9. E. L. Skidmore
    Pages 261-273
  10. Ronald Greeley, James D. Iversen
    Pages 290-317
  11. Dale A. Gillette
    Pages 322-326
  12. James D. Iversen
    Pages 344-360
  13. I. A. Eltayeb, M. H. A. Hassan
    Pages 398-434
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 463-473

About this book


Deserts are parts of the Earth that receive little or no rain; 25 cm or less per year. The physical processes that act upon these parched lands are vastly different from those that shape the more humid parts of the terrestrial landmasses. In the desert, wind is a major agent of erosion and transportation. As the results of recent space missions have indicated, this is also true in the case of the planet Mars. Thus, our understanding of desert processes sheds light on fundamental planetary processes that may apply on any planetary body that is enveloped by a windy atmosphere. An understanding of the physical layout of arid lands, and the nature of processes that initiate changes therein is also fundamental to thoughtful utilization of these lands for the benefit of mankind. It is with this in mind that we prepared this book for publication. We believe that the collection of articles in this book will be useful to scientists who are interested in desert landforms and processes, and to planners of economic develop­ ment of arid lands. The book also serves as a guide for students as to the state of our knowledge in this field as well as to the topics that require additional research.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Farouk El-Baz
    • 1
  • M. H. A. Hassan
    • 2
  1. 1.Itek Optical SystemsLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.School of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of KhartoumKhartoumSudan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8451-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4388-9
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