Baylor, Byrd. The Desert Is Theirs. Reprint. New York: Aladdin Books, 1987. Simple text and illustrations describe the characteristics of the desert and its plant, animal, and human life.

Bothma, J. du P. Carnivore Ecology in Arid Lands. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1998. A review of the ways in which carnivores have adapted to arid environments, including behavioral, physiological, and morphological adaptations.

Epple, Anne O. Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona. Helena, Mont.: Falcon, 1997. More than nine hundred color photographs and descriptive text identify Arizona's unique flora, including wildflowers, cacti, and other plant life.

Hare, John. The Lost Camels ofTartary: A Quest into Forbidden China. Boston: Little, Brown, 1998. Account of an international mission to track the endangered wild Bactrian camel populations of Mongolia and the Takla Makan desert of China's Xinjiang Province, whose native habitat has suffered from being the official nuclear test zone of the People's Republic of China.

Raskin, Lawrence, and Debora Pearson. Fifty-two Days by Camel: My Sahara Adventure. Toronto: Annick Press, 1998. Describes a remarkable trip to the Sahara Desert and then "beyond the beyond" to the most remote locations on earth.

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