Euphrates and Tigris, Mesopotamian Ecology and Destiny J Rzoska

ISBN: 9789400991729

Published: May 31st 1980

Paperback

142 pages


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Euphrates and Tigris, Mesopotamian Ecology and Destiny  by  J Rzoska

Euphrates and Tigris, Mesopotamian Ecology and Destiny by J Rzoska
May 31st 1980 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 142 pages | ISBN: 9789400991729 | 4.18 Mb

Scope and limitations of this book I am trying here to present the natural history of a land largely created and dominated by two great rivers, the Euphrates and Tigris. All rivers have two main functions, quite different from lakes- they transportMoreScope and limitations of this book I am trying here to present the natural history of a land largely created and dominated by two great rivers, the Euphrates and Tigris. All rivers have two main functions, quite different from lakes- they transport water and eroded material sometimes over large distances.

The astute Greeks, who penetrated here in the 4th century B.C., called the land Mesopotamia, an apt name- it is the only region in the Near East, except Egypt, having the benefit of large rivers. Another name coined in antiquity was Fertile Crescent, stretching from Egypt to present day Iraq- Herodotus marvelled at the fertility of the soils, the abundance of water and the magnificent cities of Mesopotamia.

Thus a further role of some great rivers is recognized as foci of human development. The desire to collate this book arose from a similar motif as in the Nile book (1976), the intricate connection between man and rivers.



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