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The River Nile: Geology, Hydrology and Utilization

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By: R Said

Pergamon Press

Hardback | Dec 1993 | #30795 | ISBN: 0080418864
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Attempts to reconstruct the history of the Nile from its origins to its present shape and regimen, as well as the manner in which water has been utilized over the years, and ways it can be used in the future.

...provides a distillation and critical analyses...studies on the Quaternary geology are of singular significance...a remarkable source of information that is critically reviewed and lucidly presented. The Environmentalist M. Kassas ...impressed by both its breadth and depth of coverage...one cannot fail to be impressed by the gamut of topics which Said has integrated into this most comprehensively researched account... Journal of African Earth Sciences R.W. Duck ...a remarkable synthesis of geological and human history, hydrology, and international resource perspectives on the River Nile. Choice H.N. Pollack ...a delight to read and is an invaluable reference work for many persons with different backgrounds AAPG Bulletin The contribution which the book makes at the scientific level is...very important indeed... The author has brought to bear the deep insights of well-informed science as well as natural understanding of Egypt's concerns in a river basin where competing interests are numerous. J.A. Allan ...is well produced, the text, diagrams and photographs...are high quality...a valuable assessment of our understanding of this important river The Holocene ...will have considerable appeal to a potentially enthusiastic audience. Journal of Hydrology J.S.G. McCulloch ...will certainly form a valuable source of reference, for many years to come. Journal of African Earth Sciences R.W. Duck ...recommend this book to readers specialized in geology, geography, hydrology and water resource engineering. International Journal of Sediment Research Ding Lianzhen, Zhou, Zhide ...comprehensive and compelling...presents for the first time the most coherent up-to-date synthesis of the geologic history and hydrology of this majestic river...an important case study of human ecology Geoarchaeology: An International Journal Fekri A. Hassan ...packed with a wealth of information...written and enthusiasm. Applied Geography Geoffrey Petts ...the rare breadth of experience of the author and a detached scientific perspective course through the entire book and add throughout to its quality and value. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies P.M. Holt ...the book deserves a place on the shelf of every major library and I urge readers to persevere; it will be worth it! Applied Geography Geoffrey Petts


Contents

Chapter headings and section headings: Preface. Part I: Origin and Evolution of the River Nile. Introduction. The lake plateau. The Sudd and the Central Sudan Basin. Rivers of the Ethiopian highlands. The Nubian Nile: transit from the interior of Africa to the Mediterranean Sea. The Egyptian Nile. The modern landscape of the floodplain of the Nile Valley, Delta and Fayum. Climate and evolution of the river. Part II: The Hydrology of the River Nile. Introduction. Rhythm and ritual of the Nile. In search of the sources of the Nile. The amount of water carried by the Nile. The Nile at Aswan. Past fluctuations of the Nile. The Nile in ancient and medieval Egypt. Part III: The Utilization of the Waters of the Nile. The early settlers meet a hostile river. The river becomes beneficial: agriculture comes to the Nile Valley. Basin irrigation. Perennial irrigation. The High Dam, benefits and side effects. Part IV: The Future Uses of the Waters of the Nile. Agreements pertaining to the waters of the Nile. Present and future land and water use in the Nile basin states. Concluding remarks. Appendix: references. Index. 116 illus., 397 lit. refs.

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