Sinai: landscape and nature in Egypt's wilderness.

Sinai: landscape and nature in Egypt's wilderness. Omar Attum.
Sinai: landscape and nature in Egypt's wilderness.

Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2014. Quarto, dustwrapper, colour photographs, map.

Sinai's allure is legendary, full of spectacular landscapes, thriving flora and fauna, and unique history, this peninsula has long held sway in the imagination of millions. The high mountains and wadis of the peninsula's south provide the fertile soil that feeds some of Egypt's highest diversity of plants, while foxes, vipers, lizards, and tortoises are just some of the animals that make their home in the north, which is characterized by lagoons and vast dunes of soft sand. This book transports the reader to the haunting grandeur of this peninsula with over 100 breathtaking full-color photographs. Omar Attum's discerning eye shows us blood-red mountains, animals in natural repose and habitat, solitary trees and flowers, and fugitive strips of water, conveying stark beauty and enormous vulnerability, an abundance of life yet utter, devastating peace. The photographs are accompanied by an evocative introduction by Attum to Sinai's wildlife and landscape.

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