Desert peoples

in Deserts

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199564309
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191777462 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

Desert peoples

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‘Desert peoples’ is an introduction to some of the billion people who currently live in deserts. Environments and lifestyles range from nomadic hunter-gatherers to pastoralists, farmers, and city dwellers. What land rights do traditional peoples have, and what does the future hold for them? How do these societies protect scarce resources? Las Vegas and Dubai are important modern desert cities but there is a long history of desert urbanization. How did historic desert cities evolve and what modern economic imperatives are creating new desert cities? The cultural influence exerted by deserts in non-desert cultures is examined. Issues connected to desertification are highlighted

Keywords: Aral Sea; cities; Colorado River; desert; dust Bowl

Chapter.  9240 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Physical Geography and Topography

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