JAMES F. HOGAN, FRED M. PHILLIPS, AND BRIDGET R. SCANLON (ed.) American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC. 2004. Hardcover, 294 pp. $63 AGU members, $90 nonmembers. ISBN 0-87590-358-4.

Imagine those vast southwestern U.S. desert landscapes! Whenever I am lucky enough to fly across them, I make sure I have a window seat (not above the wing) to get a good view. Each time I am invariably fascinated with the multitude of colors arranged in careful patterns of delicate complexity reflecting geology as much as ecology, hydrology, and geomorphology. An intriguing environment full of mysteries. As a hydrologist who is professionally more...

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