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Author De Villiers, Marq.

Title Sahara : a natural history / Marq de Villiers and Sheila Hirtle.

Publication Info. New York : Walker & Co., 2002.


Location Call No. Status
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  508.66 D495    Check Shelf
 Colchester, Cragin Memorial Library - Adult Department  966.11 DEV    Check Shelf
 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Nonfiction  508.66 De VILLIERS    Check Shelf
 Marlborough, Richmond Memorial Library - Adult Department  508.66 DEVILLIERS    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  508.66 DEV    Check Shelf
 Portland Public Library - Adult Department  508.66 DEV    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  954.4 VI    Check Shelf
Description 326 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Note Map on lining papers.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [305]-309).
Summary In the parched and seemingly lifeless heart of the Sahara desert, earthworms find enough moisture to survive. Four major mountain ranges interrupt the flow of dunes and gravel plains and at certain times waterfalls cascade from their peaks. Even the sand amazes: Massive dunes can appear almost overnight, and be gone just as quickly. We think we know the Sahara, the largest and most austere desert on Earth--yet it is full of surprises, as Marq de Villiers and Sheila Hirtle reveal in this brilliant and evocative biography of the land and its people.
Contents Ideas of the desert -- Place itself: In a geographer's eye -- From the distant past -- Sand seas -- Winds -- Surprising matter of water -- Massifs -- Tenacity of life -- And the people who live there: First people -- Empires of the sun -- Route maps -- White gold, yellow gold, black gold -- Adepts of the uttermost desert -- Life on the road -- Sahara as home.
Subject Natural history -- Sahara.
Added Author Hirtle, Sheila.
ISBN 0802713726 alkaline paper
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