Arid Dune Ecosystems

The Nizzana Sands in the Negev Desert

  • Siegmar-W. Breckle
  • Aaron Yair
  • Maik Veste

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 200)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-6
  2. The North-Western Negev

    1. R. Ben-David, A. Yair
      Pages 9-15
    2. A. Yair, M. Veste, S. -W. Breckle
      Pages 17-24
    3. H. Tsoar, D. G. Blumberg, R. Wenkart
      Pages 25-48
    4. T. Littmann, S. M. Berkowicz
      Pages 49-63
    5. H. -P. Blume, L. Beyer, U. Pfisterer, P. Felix-Henningsen
      Pages 65-77
  3. Ecosystem Patterns

    1. K. Tielbörger, R. Prasse, H. Leschner
      Pages 93-103
    2. K. Tielbörger, R. Prasse, R. Bornkammz
      Pages 105-124
    3. J. Filser, R. Prasse
      Pages 125-147
    4. B. Büdel, M. Veste
      Pages 149-155
  4. Ecosystem Processes

    1. T. Littmann
      Pages 175-182
    2. T. Littmann, M. Veste
      Pages 183-200
    3. P. Felix-Henningsen, B. Rummel, H. -P. Blume
      Pages 225-238
    4. G. J. Kidron, A. Yair
      Pages 239-249
    5. M. Veste, B. G. Heusinkveld, S. M. Berkowicz, S. -W. Breckle, T. Littmann, A. F. G. Jacobs
      Pages 305-318
    6. R. Russow, M. Veste, S. -W. Breckle, T. Littmann, F. Böhme
      Pages 319-336
    7. R. Prasse, R. Bornkamm
      Pages 337-351
    8. M. Veste, U. Sartorius, S. -W. Breckle
      Pages 353-365
    9. M. Veste, C. Sommer, S. -W. Breckle, T. Littmann
      Pages 377-383
    10. K. Tielbörger, R. Kadmon
      Pages 385-400
  5. Research Perspectives / Synthesis and General Conclusions

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 461-475

About this book


Sand dune dynamics plays a key role in many arid deserts. This volume provides a synthesis of a specific sand dune ecosystem, the Nizzana site in the Negev Desert. Describing its climate and geophysical/geochemical properties of soils, geological history, flora and fauna, and past/present land-use patterns, it elucidates ecological and geomorphological processes and their interrelations, based on long-term monitoring, in situ experiments and satellite imagery. Particular attention is drawn to the impact of the topsoil biological crust in controlling water availability at local/regional scales. The interdisciplinary approach adopted in this case study offers a good example of a highly complex and dynamic system, which could easily be applied to other sandy ecosystems.

This is a valuable source of information for soil ecologists and microbiologists, conservation biologists, desert ecologists and geographers, geomorphologists, soil scientists and climatologists, lecturers, policy makers and others interested in deserts and desertification.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Siegmar-W. Breckle
    • 1
  • Aaron Yair
    • 2
  • Maik Veste
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EcologyUniversity of BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Department of Geography, Mount Scopus CampusHebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael
  3. 3.Institute of Botany, Experimental BotanyUniversity of HohenheimStuttgartGermany

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