Deserts and arid lands

  • FaroukĀ El-Baz

Part of the Remote Sensing of Earth Resources and Environment book series (RSOE, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. Farouk El-Baz
    Pages 1-29
  3. Monique Mainguet
    Pages 59-77
  4. J. A. Mabbutt
    Pages 79-94
  5. Sung-chiao Chao
    Pages 95-113
  6. Harold E. Dregne
    Pages 145-156
  7. H. S. Mann, K. A. Shankaranarayan, R. P. Dhir
    Pages 157-170
  8. John R. Everett, Orville R. Russell, David A. Nichols
    Pages 171-194
  9. Anne B. Kahle
    Pages 195-217
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 219-222

About this book


Remote sensing is the study of a region from a distance, particularly from an airplane or a spacecraft. It is a tool that can be used in conjunction with other methods of research and investigation. This tool is especially applicable to the study of the deserts and arid lands of the Earth because of their immense size and their inaccessibility to detailed study by conventional means. In this book examples are given of the utility of aerial photographs and space images in the study of semi-arid, arid, and hyper-arid terrains. Emphasis is placed on the physical features and terrain types using examples from around the world. The authors I have called upon to prepare each chapter are renowned specialists whose contributions have received international recognition. To the general reader, this book is a review of our knowledge of the relatively dry parts of the Earth, their classification and varied features, their evolution in space and time, and their development potentials. To the specialist, it is a detailed account of the deserts and arid lands, not only in North America, but also their relatively unknown counterparts in North Africa, Australia, China, India, and Arabia.


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Editors and affiliations

  • FaroukĀ El-Baz
    • 1
  1. 1.Itek Optical SystemsLitton Industries, Inc.LexingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-6082-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-6080-0
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