On a book page, this tab will allow you to add a book to one of your lists.
Please login or register to use this feature.
9780771026386_cover Enlarge Cover
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $24.99
edition:Paperback
category: Nature
published: March 2004
ISBN:9780771026386

Sahara

A Natural History

by Marq de Villiers & Sheila Hirtle

reviews: 0
tagged:
add a tag
Please login or register to use this feature.
geography
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $24.99
edition:Paperback
category: Nature
published: March 2004
ISBN:9780771026386
Description

In a book that is beautifully written and full of surprises, Marq de Villiers and Sheila Hirtle describe the Sahara desert in all its remarkable complexity.

The authors’ revelations reinforce some common assumptions about the “Great Emptiness” – but others are challenged. There’s water in the Sahara – massive aquifers sufficient to irrigate farmlands for decades. Just fifteen per cent of the Sahara is covered by sand; much of the rest is mountainous. Sand dunes move, but they don’t drift so much as hop, skip, dance, and swirl. The desert appears barren, but teems with life: lizards and snakes, jerboas and foxes, scorpions and endless swarms of bugs make their living in this harsh region. So do ancient and nomadic peoples: Berbers, Chaambra, Moors, Bedouin, Tuareg, Tubu. There has been commerce in the Sahara for hundreds of years. Salt, gold, and slaves are mined, harvested, and traded there still.

The authors explore the majesty and mystery of this great African enigma in a journey that is enriched both by historical insight and practical experience.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Authors
Marq de Villiers is an award-winning writer and journalist. He is the author of fifteen books, including Water: The Fate of our Most Precious Resource; Sahara: The Life of the Great Desert; Windswept: The Story of Wind and Weather; and Sable Island: The Curious Story of a Dune Adrift in the Atlantic. In 2010, he was appointed to the Order of Canada. He lives in Eagle Head, on Nova Scotia's south shore.
Author profile page >

Marq de Villiers is an award-winning writer and journalist. He is the author of fifteen books, including Water: The Fate of our Most Precious Resource; Sahara: The Life of the Great Desert; Windswept: The Story of Wind and Weather; and Sable Island: The Curious Story of a Dune Adrift in the Atlantic. In 2010, he was appointed to the Order of Canada. He lives in Eagle Head, on Nova Scotia's south shore.
Author profile page >
Contributor Notes

Born in South Africa, Marq de Villiers is the author of seven books on exploration, history, politics, and travel, including Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource (winner of the Governor-General’s Award for Non-Fiction), Down the Volga, and Into Africa: A Journey Through the Ancient Empires, written with Sheila Hirtle. De Villers and Hirtle live in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Review

“A cool book about one of the world’s hottest places.”
National Geographic Adventure
“A thoughtful history of, and a popular guide to, the great African desert.”
Kirkus Reviews
“The evocative blend of reportage and concise historical overview makes it a fine read for both armchair travelers and those interested in natural history.”
Publishers Weekly

From the Hardcover edition.

Reader Reviews

Sign Up or Sign In to add your review or comment.

Other Titles by Marq de Villiers

Into Africa

A Journey Through The Ancient Empires
edition:Paperback
More Info
Witch in the Wind

Witch in the Wind

The True Story of the Legendary Bluenose
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback
tagged : naval, sailing
More Info
Timbuktu

Timbuktu

The Sahara's Fabled City of Gold
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged :
More Info

Other Titles by Sheila Hirtle

Into Africa

A Journey Through The Ancient Empires
edition:Paperback
More Info
Timbuktu

Timbuktu

The Sahara's Fabled City of Gold
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged :
More Info
A Dune Adrift

A Dune Adrift

The Strange Origins and Curious History of Sable Island
edition:Paperback
tagged : geography
More Info

User Activity

X
Contacting facebook
Please wait...