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The Geology of Egypt: A Traveler's Handbook [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Bonnie M. Sampsell

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15. Juni 2014
Egypt is primarily a land of deserts and mountains, the habitable Nile Valley and Delta occupying less than 5 percent of the country. Although the ancient Egyptians lived on only a small fraction of the land, they made extensive use of resources from the less hospitable areas, exploiting the opportunities and adjusting to the constraints of their physical environment. This updated and expanded edition of The Geology of Egypt: A Traveler's Handbook describes these features and more, providing a guide for the visitor to Egypt interested in learning about its history from a different perspective. The author presumes no background in geology or related fields and provides an introduction to the relevant geological concepts, presenting examples to illustrate how the country's geological features influenced Egyptian civilization. Most examples are selected from the pharaonic period and Greco-Roman period, though many cases also illustrate how geological factors continue to have an impact on modern Egyptian society. The text is organized as a trip on the Nile from Lake Nasser downstream to the Delta, with chapters devoted to such popular sites as Aswan, Luxor, and Giza. Also covered are the Eastern and Western Deserts, as well as the Sinai Peninsula. Maps, illustrations, fifty color photographs, and an extensive glossary help make a complex but intriguing subject accessible to everyone.

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"I am going to ritually prostrate myself and plead with you to read this splendid book. Then, if you never think of geology again, I will forgive you. It requires no previous knowledge of geology, is clearly written, well illustrated and conveys a remarkable amount of information."--Gaston Peltier, Egyptological

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Bonnie M. Sampsell is a retired college professor who has traveled to many parts of the world and studied Egyptology, archaeology, and geology extensively.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Excellent Book, Especially While Traveling in Egypt 21. Juli 2014
Von dale seborg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I highly recommend this book. I read the earlier edition on my first trip to Egypt a few years ago. Although I had never taken a course in geology, the first chapter provided an excellent summary of the necessary background material. The book is self-contained and of a reasonable size. It was very rewarding to read about a portion of the Nile and the surrounding area as our ship cruised through it. The maps and color photos were also very helpful.

This book is very readable and informative; in addition to the geology of Egypt, the book also describes the major impact that the Nile has had on the history and culture of Egypt. The glossary is very helpful and the extensive bibliography contains references on many aspects of Egypt and its history. It is readily apparent that the author is an expert on Egypt.

In summary, this is an excellent book; I only wish that there were similar books for other areas of the world.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Anyone interested in the geology of Egypt will find the second edition of interest. 18. August 2014
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Anyone interested in the geology of Egypt will find the second edition of interest. Professor Sampsell's revised edition is continues to represent a significant contribution to the field of Egyptology. Indeed, anyone working or excavating in Egypt should own this volume and reference it regularly. It explains quite clearly fundamental and complex concepts that are essential to a holistic understanding of life (ancient and modern) and archaeology in Egypt. The revised edition includes a powerful and informative new chapter regarding the preservation of Egypt' cultural heritage: explanation of the dewatering plans in Luxor is the clearest I have seen and reinforce its importance. The glossary is an essential tool and should be carried in the field as to record findings appropriately.
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Great Book Just Got Even Better 25. August 2014
Von Richard S. Harwood - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
It is hard to appreciate ancient Egypt without a basic understanding of the geology that was crucial to the formation of that great civilization. As an archaeologist who spends several weeks each year working in Egypt, I found the first edition of this book [“A Traveler’s Guide to the Geology of Egypt”] to be a well-written, highly readable, accurate, and extremely helpful summary of that geology. Beginning with an easily understood explanation of the natural forces that created Egypt, the book follows the Nile northward in a logical progression from Lake Nasser to the Mediterranean Sea, and includes the Eastern and Western Deserts as well as the Sinai Peninsula. Using examples familiar (or that will become familiar) to most tourists, Dr. Sampsell explains how the ancient Egyptians used that geology to create their lasting monuments.

This new and re-titled edition of the book improves on the first with the addition of a chapter discussing the natural and man-made dangers that threaten those ancient monuments, and the work currently being done to preserve and protect them. Not only is it an excellent reference book that I use often, I think “The Geology of Egypt” would be a valuable guidebook for any tourist interested in developing a better understanding of both modern and ancient Egypt.
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