(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

Illuminating the lack of consensus among descriptions of earth history data in the North American deserts : a resource for biologists

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

WILSON J.S. (1) ; PITTS J.P. (1) ;
(1) Utah State University, Logan, ETATS-UNIS


In this paper the AA. present several case studies that illustrate the differences in the various explanations, based on geological and paleobiological data, detailing mountain uplift and desertification in western North America. Based on this review of the literature, they suggest that the data on Cenozoic geomorphological evolution of the North American desert landscape is still too coarse and filled with gaps to allow for the development of a robust model of landscape evolution. Instead, this work demonstrates the need for biologists studying the North American biota to realize just how problematic some of the earth history data and models are so that they can build this uncertainty into biogeographic reconstructions


Article of periodic

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 34, no4 [pp. 419-441]

Bibliographic references : 7 p.

Collation : 5 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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