Lessepsian Migration

The Influx of Red Sea Biota into the Mediterranean by Way of the Suez Canal

  • Francis Dov Por

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Conspectus

    1. F. D. Por
      Pages 1-2
  3. Dynamic Zoogeography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-8
    2. F. D. Por
      Pages 9-38
    3. F. D. Por
      Pages 39-86
    4. F. D. Por
      Pages 87-170
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 171-228

About this book

Introduction

There are few achievements of modern man which can compare to the Suez Canal. In Egypt-the land of the most famous wonders of antiquity-the Suez Canal was built as the first technical wonder ofthe industrial revolution. Ferdinand de Lesseps was a man straddling two epochs-the romantic utopism of Saint­ Simon and the modern world of technocracy. The gigantic project was at its start shouldered by the crowds of tens of thousands of forced laborers still available and ended as a show-piece for modern mechanical earth-moving techniques. The canal builders themselves were still polyhistors in the old sense: engineers­ cum-zoologists; naval officers-cum-geologists; diplomats meddling with chem­ istry. During the four generations of the existence of the Suez Canal, the fateful professional narrowmindedness became progressively worse. The engineers con­ tinued their work in and around the Canal, but they became oblivious and unresponsive to the environmental impact, to the fascinating changes in the biotic scenery which they were producing with their own hands.

Keywords

Migration Mittelmeer /Biologie Rotes Meer /Biologie Suezkanal /Biologie Tierwanderung biogeography ecology environment marine ecology

Authors and affiliations

  • Francis Dov Por
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-66728-2
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-66730-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-66728-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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