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The dead sea and the Jordan River

Author: Barbara Kreiger
Publisher: Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, [2016] ©2016
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"For centuries travelers have been drawn to the stunning and mysterious Dead Sea and Jordan River, a region which is unlike any other on earth in its religious and historical significance. In this exceptionally engaging and readable book, Barbara Kreiger chronicles the natural and human history of these storied bodies of water, drawing on accounts by travelers, pilgrims, and explorers from ancient times to the  Read more...
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Kreiger, Barbara.
Dead Sea and the Jordan River
(DLC) 2015038819
(OCoLC)910773069
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Kreiger
ISBN: 9780253019592 0253019591
OCLC Number: 938017372
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Part I. This Strange Water1. Some Early History, Travellers, MythsPart II. Nineteenth-Century Exploration2. Three Sailors, and a River3. Along the Briny StrandPart III. Origins and Evolution4. The Life of a LakePart IV. Further Exploration5. Gentleman from Siberia6. A Lake DividedPart V. The Twenty-First Century7. The River and Lake in Distress8. Reclamation, and a Vision of the FutureAfterword
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"For centuries travelers have been drawn to the stunning and mysterious Dead Sea and Jordan River, a region which is unlike any other on earth in its religious and historical significance. In this exceptionally engaging and readable book, Barbara Kreiger chronicles the natural and human history of these storied bodies of water, drawing on accounts by travelers, pilgrims, and explorers from ancient times to the present. She conveys the blend of spiritual, touristic, and scientific motivations that have driven exploration and describes the modern exploitation of the lake and the surrounding area through mineral extraction and agriculture. Today, both lake and river are in crisis, and stewardship of these water resources is bound up with political conflicts in the region. The Dead Sea and the Jordan River combines history, literature, travelogue, and natural history in a way that makes it hard to put down"--

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