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Aqaba-Eilat, the Improbable Gulf.
Aqaba-Eilat, the Improbable Gulf.

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Environment, Biodiversity and Preservation
Author: F. D. Por
Publisher: The Hebrew University Magnes Press

Price: $145.00 
Special Price: $128.00
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN 10: 9654933802
ISBN 13: 978-9654933803
Catalog Number: 9789654933803
Number of Pages: 482
Year Published: 2009

The Gulf of Aqaba-Eilat is a unique pocket-sized tropical coral ocean, functioning in a subtropical environment. This book, the first one to treat the Gulf in an interdisciplinary collection of contributed chapters, celebrates also the 40 years of existence of the Heinz Steinitz Marine Biology Laboratory in Eilat. The authors of the 28 chapters are mainly Israeli scientists , but many are also from abroad, chiefly from Germany. The results presented, related to Israeli, Jordanian and Egyptian waters. In presenting the Gulf, virtually unknown some 50 years ago and today a major diving tourist hub , the issues of coral reef preservation and restoration are predominant in this richly illustrated book.

How many marine biological laboratories are there in the world where you have clear water, coral reefs, seagrass beds, and deep reefs off your door step? This multiple-author volume edited by Dov Por deals optimistically with the elimination of the sources of pollution and the challenge of restoration of the marine habitats of the Gulf, especially the coral reefs.
John E. Randall, Bernice Bishop Museum Hawaii

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Heinz Steinitz Marine Laboratory in Eilat, Dov Por combines his own impressive career as a marine biologist with the rapidly increasing knowledge in diverse fields of marine sciences of this “dead end” of the Red Sea. The outcome is a comprehensive volume of a very unique sea: a summary of its history, oceanography, geology, marine biology, ecology but also diverse anthropogenic impacts .The mixed blessings of tourism, danger of eutrophication and the “Red-Dead” canal are Damocles swords threatening this unique tropical marine ecosystem.
Hans Fricke, Max-Planck-Institut Bremen, Leibniz Institut für Meereswissenschaften Kiel

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