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A Desert Calling

Life in a Forbidding Landscape

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$31.50 • £25.95 • €28.50

ISBN 9780674007475

Publication Date: 05/14/2002


336 pages

62 halftones, 4 maps, 1 table


  • Foreword by Stephen Jay Gould
  • Prologue
  • 1. The Search for Undiscovered Life
  • 2. The Immortal Animals
  • 3. Elfin Farmers and Cactophylic Carpenters
  • 4. Darkness and the Cave of the Jaguar
  • 5. The Winding Path to Field Biology
  • 6. The Desert at the Bottom of the World
  • 7. Different Actors, Different Scripts
  • 8. Desert in the Sky
  • 9. The Vampire and the Phantoms of All Hallows’ Eve
  • 10. Land of the Shah
  • 11. Impenetrable Land of Thorns
  • 12. The Devil’s Town
  • 13. In the Shadow of the Pyramids
  • 14. Naming the Anonymous
  • 15. From Howling Wolf Mice to Fairy Armadillos
  • 16. Aridity’s Cornucopia
  • 17. Life in the Desert of Salt
  • 18. Land of Diamonds
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix: Scientific and Common Names of Species Mentioned in the Text, by Region and Major Category
  • Selected Readings
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 2003 Oklahoma Book Award, Nonfiction Category, Oklahoma Center for the Book
  • 2002 ForeWord Book of the Year Award, Environment Category
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