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  • Authored by: Charles F. Gritzner
  • From the Series: Geography of Extreme Environments
  • Trim Size: 6-1/2 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0791092348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7910-9234-7
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $30.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 01/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 910.915
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 128


Humans have inhabited the desert environment for much of their history, and some of the world's most advanced cultures, including those of Egypt and Mesopotamia, flourished within these parched lands. Today, many of these regions continue to be of great importance: deserts provide the global economy with a high percentage of its metallic resources and about 70 percent of its vital supply of petroleum. Approximately 20 percent of the world's surface is now classified as desert, yet these dry lands are home to more than 10 percent of the world's people. Sadly, many desert countries rank among the world's poorest, most oppressed, and most troubled spots.


Full-color photographs. Sidebars. Chronology. Bibliography. Further reading. Index.

About the Author(s)

Charles F. Gritzner won the Gilbert Grosvenor Honors in Geographic Education as well as the Distinguished Teaching Award, both from the Association of American Geographers. South Dakota State University's Distinguished Professor of Geography, he has taught geography at the college level for more than 40 years. He is the author of several Chelsea House titles, and is the series editor for Modern World Nations and Modern World Cultures.

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