The Negev: The Challenge of a Desert
Harvard University Press, 1982 - Science - 437 pages
The Negev, first published over a decade ago, told the story of some twenty years of study of southern Israel's desert. It synthesized the findings of botanists, geologists, soil scientists, agronomists, archaeologists, historians, and engineers and told how the applications of their work produced an agricultural surplus in this forbiddingly dry, hot region.
Now Michael Evenari has amplified the book with data from another decade of work. He describes the efforts at a new farm at Wadi Mashash, extends the weather data another ten years, presents further work on the adaptations of plants and animals to desert conditions, and takes a much deeper look at the historical precedents for the method of runoff agriculture, which has made the desert bloom.
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The Negeva desert
Landforms and landscapes
The geological history of the Negev
by Yehoshua Itzhaki
Ancient runoff agriculture in the Negev
The Nitzana papyri
Stone mounds and the mechanics of runoff
Adaptation of plants to desert conditions I
Adaptation of plants to desert conditions II
Adaptation of animals to desert conditions by Amiram Shkolnik
The farm at Wadi Mashash