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A Traveler's Guide to the Geology of Egypt (How the Land Made Egypt…

by Bonnie M. Sampsell

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 977424785X, Paperback)

Egypt is primarily a land of deserts and mountains, the habitable Nile Valley and Delta occupying less than 5 percent of the country. Although the ancient Egyptians lived on only a small fraction of the land, they made extensive use of resources from the less hospitable areas, exploiting the opportunities and adjusting to the constraints of their physical environment. The Geology of Egypt: A Traveler's Guide describes these features and more, providing for the first time a guide for the traveler to Egypt interested in learning about its history from a different perspective.

The guidebook presumes no background in geology or related fields and provides an introduction to the relevant geological concepts, presenting examples to illustrate how the country's geological features influenced Egyptian civilization. Most examples are selected from the pharaonic period and Greco-Roman period, though many cases also illustrate how geological factors continue to have an impact on modern Egyptian society.

The text is organized as a trip on the Nile from Lake Nasser downstream to the Delta, with chapters devoted to such popular sites as Aswan, Luxor, and Giza. Also covered are the Eastern and Western Deserts, as well as the Sinai Peninsula. Maps, illustrations, photographs, and an extensive glossary help make a complex but intriguing subject accessible to everyone.

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