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1st Edition

Settling the Desert

ISBN 9780367254513
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
292 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1981. Settling the Desert is an attempt to organise those aspects of scientific and sociological research that are the necessary prerequisites for making the desert a comfortable and profitable place for man to inhabit. In this book, experts from many fields of desert research review the history of desert settlement and agriculture, as well as the present problems encountered by modern desert settlers. Topics discussed include: meteorology, sociology, ecology, water resources, solar energy, innovative desert agriculture, architecture, and animal science.

Table of Contents

Foreword;  Preface;  Part One: Desert Agriculture Past and Present;  1. Twenty-Five Years of Research on Runoff Desert Agriculture in the Middle East M. Evenari  2. Plant Introduction in the Deserts of Israel and its Theoretical Basis M. Zohary  3. Contribution of Animal Studies to Human Settlement in the Desert D. Cohen  4. Algae Production for Biomass in Arid Zones A. Richmond  5. High Yields and Low Water Requirements in Closed System Agriculture in Arid Regions: Potentials and Problems J. GalePart Two: Resource Economics of the Desert;  6. Desert Meteorology L. Berkofsky  7. The Role of Non-Replenishable Aquifers in Development Projects in Arid Regions A. Issar  8. Solar Energy for Desert Settlements D. Faiman  9. Is Desert Settlement Economically Viable? Theory vs. Reality U. Regev  10. Ecology as a Tool for Desert Management M. Shachak;  Part Three: The Desert as Human Habitat;  11. Economic Change Among Pastoral Nomads in the Middle East E. Marx  12. Desert Towns as a Social Type A. Weingrod  13. Regional Strategies and the Evolution of the Negev Urban System Y. Gradus and E. Stern  14. Extreme Conditions and Responsive Architecture A. Rahamimoff  15. Heating and Colling via the Utilization of Natural Energies B. Givoni;  Some Details About the Authors

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