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By Monique Mainguet

ISBN-10: 3642083277

ISBN-13: 9783642083273

ISBN-10: 3662039060

ISBN-13: 9783662039069

At the intersection of environmental technology and human biology this e-book offers with dry ecosystems - aridity, droughts, wind and its effect on soils and rules - the societies laid low with those ecosystems, and the inventiveness of these residing less than those stipulations. those environments are the root of nomad lifestyles, of irrigated agriculture and of the 1st civilisations depending on streams. adjustments within the glossy epoch, the ever-increasing know-how and demographic improvement express that environmental degradation and the socio-economic scenario can't be defined via only one issue. This e-book attempts to respond to the query no matter if long-lasting improvement is feasible in dry environments.

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In 1993-1994 the autumn and winter rains were necessary for the aquifers to recover their levels of before 1976. As distinct from aridity, drought is always a relative concept for man and his needs, but both terms are close cousins. For Roche, the term drought has two meanings: " ... a climatologic one: period or year during which precipitation is considerably below the mean" and " '" a hydrological one: period or year during which the runoff is considerably below the mean:' He notes that "drought manifests itself over time (dry period) whereas aridity is a spatial phenomenon (an arid region):' 28 1 .

The degree of reflectivity of the soil, and its variation may be measured with the aid of remote sensing. There is a general consent on the relationship between erosion of soils, their degradation and an increase in the albedo. Charney (1975) advanced a theory of the aggravation of drought in the Sahel from an increase in the albedo of the soil surface as a result of degradation caused by rural activities which lead to a larger portion of the incident radiation becoming compensated by a greater subsidence of the air in contrast to the convective mechanisms leading to precipitation.

5 22 , . e. 120-160 kcaVcm2, of which a large part is reflected into the atmosphere so that the air is frequently overheated. In sheltered areas of the Kyzylkum Desert over 50°C was recorded and the maxima are nearly always above 40°C. The temperature of the ground surface surpasses 70 °c and, even in winter, that of the sand is above 50°C. Nevertheless, at a depth of 10 em, the temperature is 20-30 °c lower. g. cotton absorbs some 15% of the solar energy received. 3. Lake Aral reduces the severity of the differences.

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