A seemingly endless resource like Sand

The search for sustainable sand extraction is beginning While most of us are not aware of it, sand is – after air and water – the third most used resource on the planet. Every house, dam, road, wine glass and cell phone contains it. Even a seemingly endless resource like sand cannot keep up with […]

Climate strongly influences global wildfire activity

People of the Mediterranean countries know only too well that every summer coincides with mighty forests fires that sometime take days to put out. These peoples have always lived within the Mediterranean Woodland and Forest ecoregion stretches from the coastal plains to the hills of northern Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, and eventually surrounds of the […]

Small Variations in Earth’s Orbit . . .

As rightly elaborated on by NASA, “The Earth’s climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era — and of human civilization. Most of these climate changes are attributed to very small variations in Earth’s orbit that change the amount of solar energy our planet receives.” Or, is it only Small Variations in Earth’s Orbit, could it be something else like say, the Brexit referendum outcome ?

Orientalism in Landscapes of the MENA countries

Orientalism in Landscapes of the MENA countries as Edward W. Said recalled sometime back, in reaction to critics of his book “Orientalism” http://www.amazon.co.uk/Orientalism-Edward-W-Said/dp/0141187425 , “Orientalism is the product of circumstances that are fundamentally, indeed radically, fractious.” These depictions are usually done by western writers, designers and artists from the established intellectual élite. French, British, American […]

Landscapes of Algeria

Landscapes of Algeria As described on National Parks of Algeria The landscape of Algeria consists of a small coastal area along Mediterranean Sea on its northern border and to the south, high plateaus and the Sahara Desert. Algeria’s coastal plain is narrow and hilly. The Atlas Mountains run from southwestern Morocco through northern Algeria to the eastern […]

Druze country Landscapes

The Druze constitute around three per cent of the population and are the third largest religious minority in Syria.  They are located primarily in Jabal Druze (also known as Jabal al-Arab or Jabal Hawran) on the south-western border abutting Jordan, but with significant communities on the Golan (Jawlan), seventeen villages in Jabal al-A’la, roughly midway […]