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Desert Plants of Egypt's Wadi El Gemal National Parkby Tamer Mahmoud
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The vegetation in Wadi El Gemal National Park in Egypt's Eastern Desert is more diverse than might first be expected, but even more surprising is the relationship that the desert dwellers continue to have with the plant life in their habitat, despite the increasing modernization of their world. As a ranger in the park, Tamer Mahmoud quickly realized the importance of surveying, identifying, and documenting the indigenous plants, and recording the information he compiled from interviews with the local community about how they use the plants for food, healing, animal fodder, and fuel. The result is this detailed and colorful guide, which includes photographs of each plant, the scientific name and local name in Arabic and English, and information on location, distribution, uses, and ecology. A glossary, bibliography, visitors' information section and distribution maps make this a comprehensive reference work that will interest visitors, scientists, anyone interested in the flora of arid areas, and even anthropologists.
Book News Annotation:
Wadi El Gemal National Park is introduced as one of Egypt's main ecotourist attractions along the Red Sea coast. In surveying WGNP's water basins, park ranger Mahmound recorded the location of plant specimens and plant communities at each Global Positioning System (GPS) point and talked with the local desert dwellers about their relationship with the plants. The volume includes maps of the park, color photographs, a plant directory, glossary, list of plants by Latin and local name, and list of plant families and species identified to date in the park. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A comprehensive illustrated guide to the botanical resources of an Egyptian national park
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