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Sahara

A Natural History

by Marq De Villiers & Sheila Hirtle

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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.

About the Authors

Marq De Villiers

Marq de Villiers is a celebrated author and journalist. He has written 15 books, including Water: The Fate of our Most Precious Resource, winner of the Governor General's Award for non-fiction and the Canadian Science Writers Award. In 2010, he was appointed to the Order of Canada. He lives in Eagle Head, Nova Scotia.
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Sheila Hirtle

Marq de Villiers is a celebrated author and journalist. He has written 15 books, including Water: The Fate of our Most Precious Resource, winner of the Governor General's Award for non-fiction and the Canadian Science Writers Award. In 2010, he was appointed to the Order of Canada. He lives in Eagle Head, Nova Scotia.
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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.

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

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