By Nathaniel Harris
The Atlas of the World's Deserts examines the adversarial and severe environments that signify deserts, and is split into chapters that focus on particular features of a desert's geology, lifestyles kinds, heritage, and future.For additional information together with pattern pages, stopover at the Atlas of the World's Deserts site. additionally contains a hundred and sixty colour maps and images.
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Highlands and wadis support juniper and milkweed trees, while datepalms grown In oases are used for building as well as for food The most notable of the dasert’s many animals Include many species of seorpion; a toothless lizard called a dab; and highly venomous sand cobras. Resident bird life includes species of falcons and eagles, numerous ravens, and burrowing owls. The mammals, however- ibex, foxes, hyenas, and jackals—have suffered badly from the effects of human hunting, and the numbers have fallen.
Now intensively mined by the South African company De Beers, the area is disfigured by slap heaps of discarded materials. 11. Unusualiy,there appear to be no shrubs or bushes, only mature trees and the grass beneath them. 12. GABORONE The city became the capital of Botswana in 1965, a year before the country achieved independence from Britain. Standing at the edge of the Kalahari Desert on the main railroad between Cape Town South Africa, and Harare, Zimbabwe, it today boasts a university, an international airport, and several important museums.
5. EL ALAMEIN This village in Egypt was the site of an important World War II battle in which the Allies halted the German advance on Alexandria and the strategically vital Suez Canal. 6. THE PYRAMIDS In the Western Desert near Giza are the Great Sphinx and three pyramids that date from pharaonic Egypt’s ivth Dynasty (c. ) 7. SURT In former times this Mediterranean port was the starting point for many transSaharan caravan routes. 8. SURT BASIN Ever since oil was discovered here in 1956, this depression has been the greatest source of Libya’s oil wealth.
Atlas of the World's Deserts (Ecosystems) by Nathaniel Harris