Euphrates and Tigris, Mesopotamian Ecology and Destiny

  • Julian Rzóska

Part of the Monographiae Biologicae book series (MOBI, volume 38)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The lands and their life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages xi-xi
    2. Julian Rzóska
      Pages 1-6
    3. Julian Rzóska
      Pages 15-27
  3. Mesopotamian Waters their Regime and Hydrobiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Julian Rzóska
      Pages 31-39
    3. J. F. Talling
      Pages 63-79
    4. J. F. Talling
      Pages 81-86
    5. Julian Rzóska
      Pages 87-94
    6. K. E. Banister
      Pages 95-108
  4. Epilogue

    1. Julian Rzóska
      Pages 109-111
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 109-122

About this book

Introduction

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 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.

Keywords

ecology

Authors and affiliations

  • Julian Rzóska
    • 1
  1. 1.6 Blakesley AvenueLondon W.5.UK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-9171-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-9173-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-9171-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0077-0639
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