Who is to blame for the desertification of the Negev, Israel?

A. Issar, Haim Tsoar

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Geological and geographical evidence suggests that the Negev Desert, and most probably the Levant, enjoyed a more humid climate from ca. 100 B.C. to ca. 300 A.D. Later it became more and more arid. This is in contrast to the conventional hypothesis which puts the whole blame of its desertification on the Arab nomads who conquered this region in the 7th century A.D. RESUME Les données géologiques et géographiques suggèrent que des ca. 100 B.C. jusqua ca. 300 A.D., le, désert du Négev et probablement le Levant, jouissaient dun climat plus humide que celui de nos jours. Plus tard le climat devint de plus aride. Cela est en contradiction avec l'opinion conventionelle selon laquelle la désertification du Néguev fut causée par les Arabes qui conquirent cette région au 7 eme siècle A.D.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-583
JournalIAHS-AISH Publication
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1987


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