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The Nile Basin
Quaternary Geology, Geomorphology and Prehistoric Environments

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  • Date Published: February 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107179196

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  • The Nile Basin contains a record of human activities spanning the last million years. However, the interactions between prehistoric humans and environmental changes in this area are complex and often poorly understood. This comprehensive book explains in clear, non-technical terms how prehistoric environments can be reconstructed, with examples drawn from every part of the Nile Basin. Adopting a source-to-sink approach, the book integrates events in the Nile headwaters with the record from marine sediment cores in the Nile Delta and offshore. It provides a detailed record of past environmental changes throughout the Nile Basin and concludes with a review of the causes and consequences of plant and animal domestication in this region and of the various prehistoric migrations out of Africa into Eurasia and beyond. A comprehensive overview, this book is ideal for researchers in geomorphology, climatology and archaeology.

    • A thorough understanding of events in the Nile headwaters will allow the reader to interpret with greater clarity the work of marine geologists working on Nile deep-sea sediments
    • The book will enable archaeologists to integrate their work more effectively into a broader Nile Basin context
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    • Date Published: February 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107179196
    • length: 420 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 178 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.98kg
    • contains: 49 b/w illus. 54 maps 9 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    1. Introduction
    2. Evolution of the Nile Basin
    3. Climate and hydrology
    4. Geology and soils
    5. Vegetation, land use and human impact
    6. The Ethiopian Highlands
    7. The Ugandan Lake Plateau
    8. The Sudd swamps and the White Nile
    9. Lake Turkana and overflow into the Sobat
    10. The Khor Abu Habl Fan and Kordofan desert dunes
    11. The Gezira alluvial fan and Blue Nile palaeochannels
    12. The Atbara valley
    13. Jebel Marra volcano
    14. The desert Nile
    15. West of the Nile: the Western Desert of Egypt and the Eastern Sahara: part one
    16. West of the Nile: the Western Desert of Egypt and the Eastern Sahara: part two
    17. The Fayum
    18. The Red Sea Hills
    19. The Sinai desert
    20. The Nile Delta
    21. The Nile Cone
    22. Origins of plant and animal domestication in the Nile Basin
    23. Epilogue: 'out of Africa'
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Martin Williams, University of Adelaide
    Martin Williams is Adjunct Professor in Earth Sciences at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He has worked with archaeologists in the Sahara, Nile Valley and Ethiopia, and has written over two hundred research papers and a dozen books, including Climatic Change in Deserts (Cambridge, 2014), A Land Between Two Niles (with Donald Adamson, 1982) and The Sahara and the Nile (with Hugues Faure, 1980). He received the Farouk El Baz Award for Desert Research from the Geological Society of America in 2008.

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