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The Tigris and Euphrates: Rivers of the Fertile Crescent

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The Tigris and Euphrates rivers surround a region once known as Mesopotamia, the "cradle" of ancient civilizations. Many of the world's great early scientific and cultural advances came from this region. Today, the region's economy depends on their waters for irrigation and electric power. But the building of canals, dikes, and dams is a threat to natural habitats and wildlife. Bordering countries are also competing for scarce water. How will these issues be resolved?

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Overview

The Tigris and Euphrates rivers surround a region once known as Mesopotamia, the "cradle" of ancient civilizations. Many of the world's great early scientific and cultural advances came from this region. Today, the region's economy depends on their waters for irrigation and electric power. But the building of canals, dikes, and dams is a threat to natural habitats and wildlife. Bordering countries are also competing for scarce water. How will these issues be resolved?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristina Cassidy
"The Rivers Around the World" series provides a detailed overview of the impact major rivers have on our world. Each book discusses the geography of the area where the river flows, the source and end of each river, the history of the area, and how the river has been used and changed by people over time. Each book includes many photographs, maps, quotes, and short explanations of pertinent vocabulary, concluding with comparisons of the world's major rivers, a time line of events, glossary, additional online and print resources, and an index. The Tigris and Euphrates: Rivers of the Fertile Crescent explains the rich history and geography of the Fertile Crescent. The Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which flow through otherwise arid regions of the Middle East, were crucial to the development of settlements in Mesopotamia, the "cradle" of civilization. Chapters detail the geography of the region, the routes of the rivers, and the resources the rivers provide. Another chapter explains the area's rich history, while another explains how people have used and changed the rivers. The future of the area is also discussed. Teachers may include this useful classroom resource in a discussion about ancient civilizations or about the geography of rivers. Reviewer: Kristina Cassidy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778774716
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Rivers Around the World Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 984,272
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 1060L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Between the Rivers 4

Chapter 2 From the Mountains to the Gulf 8

Chapter 3 Life Along the Rivers 14

Chapter 4 Travel and Commerce 20

Chapter 5 An Uncertain Future 24

Comparing the World's Rivers 28

Timeline 29

Glossary 30

Find Out More 31

Index 32

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