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By Arie S. Issar

It truly is now largely accredited that expanding concentrations of greenhouse gases within the surroundings are inflicting better worldwide temperatures. This quantity presents a finished evaluate of the results of weather variability on hydrological and human platforms within the Holocene (the final 10,000 years). The ebook concentrates at the areas bordering the Mediterranean Sea, western and valuable Europe, China, Japan, West and South Africa and southwestern U.S.A. it's meant for researchers and pros in hydrology, climatology, geology and ancient geography.

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In this same period, the ratio of barley to wheat was constantly rising in offerings and taxes delivered to the temples. As barley is more tolerant of soil salinity than wheat, the archaeologists incorrectly concluded that excessive irrigation had caused salinization. There was an attempt to refute these accusations by demonstrating, from similar archive texts, that the Sumerians were aware of the danger and had taken some preventative drainage measures (Pollock, 1999). Sanlaville (1989) observed that the delta of the Mesopotamian rivers in the Persian Gulf rapidly developed at c.

159) “the very location of Middle Bronze settlements themselves is LATE QUATERNARY CLIMATE IN THE LEVANT ample evidence. They are situated in well-watered regions along the coast, in the river valleys, and in the hill country – always within range of extensive arable lands”. It seems that the MB settlements were located in regions with 400 mm yearly rainfall or more. Therefore, the emergence of cities in the MB was more a consequence of environmental adaptation than of favorable climatic conditions.

Overlying this layer, she found a grayish sand layer, almost devoid of pollen, overlying the remains of the EB IV or MB I culture. She interpreted the change from clay to sand as an indication of a change to a drier climate and described this period as that of “the crisis of the aridity”. The sand, as already discussed, came from the Nile, and the increase in its supply was most probably a function of an increase of the precipitation on the Ethiopian highlands and possibly from the erosion of the delta through abrasion by the rising sea level.

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