The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea : The Lake and Its Setting

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Located at the tectonically active irregular boundary between the Mediterranean and Arabic plates, at a negative elevation of over 400 metres below sea level, the Dead Sea serves as a laboratory for many phenomena. Not only does the Sea provide a modern analog for ancient pull-apart basins, it also allows us to examine the process of evaporite deposition from deep water, and provides insight into the adaptive ability of the life forms living in its hypersaline brine. Developed from the conference "The Dead Sea - A Summary of Recent Research" organized by the Dead Sea Research Centre at Tel Aviv University in 1992, this book presents both papers presented at the conference, and chapters written specifically for this book. The authors are all recognized experts in their more

Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 215 x 280 x 25mm | 1,180g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 24 halftones, 187 line drawings, bibliography
  • 0195087038
  • 9780195087031

Table of contents

1. Dead Sea Research - an Introduction; PART I: STRUCTURE AND TECTONICS OF THE DEAD SEA BASIN; 2. Topography and bathymetry of the Dead Sea depression; 3. Geophysical framework of the Dead Sea: structure and tectonics; 4. The history and formation of the Dead Sea basin; 5. Hydrocarbon exploration in the southern Dead Sea basin; 6. Active tectonics in the Dead Sea basin; 7. On the Seismicity of the Dead Sea basin; PART II: PHYSICAL, CHEMICAL, AND BIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF THE DEAD SEA; 8. The hydrography of a hypersaline lake; 9. Surface currents and seiches in the Dead Sea; 10. Wind waves on the Dead Sea; 11. Evaporation estimates from the Dead Sea: essential considerations for saline lakes; 12. Brines of the Dead Sea: genetic aspects; 13. Ion interaction approach to geochemical aspects of the Dead Sea; 14. Halite deposition in the Dead Sea: 1960-1993; 15. Halite precipitation and sediment deposition as measured in "sediment traps" deployed in the Dead Sea: 1981-1983; 16. Carbon dynamics in the Dead Sea; 17. The radiocarbon content of the Dead Sea; 18. Minor (Mn, Fe) and trace elements (Zn, Cd, Pb, Cu) in the Dead Sea; 19. Microbiological studies in the Dead Sea: 1892-1992; PART III: QUATERNARY HISTORY OF THE LAKE AND ITS ENVIRONMENT; 20. Geomorphology of the Dead Sea western margin; 21. Fluctuations of Late Pleistocene Lak Lisan in the Dead Sea rift; 22. The Holocene history of Dead Sea levels; 23. The Dead Sea region in archaeological perspective; 24. Geochemical and hydrological processes in the coastal environment of the Dead Sea; 25. Groundwater along the western Dead Sea shore; 26. The botanical conquest of the newly exposed shores of the Dead Sea; 27. Dead Sea research: synopsis and futureshow more

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"I cannot think of a subject more befitting the description of interdisciplinary research with societal relevance than the study of the Dead Sea. . . .The Dead Sea, the Lake and Its Setting is a collection of chapters written by local experts on Dead Sea research from a wide variety of fields, including geophysics, geology, geochemistry, geography, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, biology, botany, and archaeology. The chapters present summaries of the state of knowledge in the different fields and include detailed historical reviews that allow the reader to trace the literature on a particular topic. . . .The book is handsomely made. . .and reasonably priced." --Eos"There is much to interest scientists of all disciplines, and the Dead Sea is truly an amazing place!" --The Leading Edgeshow more