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R. Dussaud, Topographie Historique de la Syrie Antique, Paris 1927. Ed. J. Monson, Historical Geography of the Bible Lands (Atlas). D. Baly, Atlas of the Bible World, 1971. J. Hudson, Physical Geography of Lebanon, Beirut 1969. E. Wirth, Syrien, Darmstadt 1971. Y. Karmon, Israel a Regional Geography, London 1971. E. Orni & E. Efrat, Geography of Israel, Jerusalem 1964. L. Picard, Structure and Evolution of Palestine, Jerusalem 1959. F. Bender, Geologie von Jordanien, Berlin 1968. R. Wolfort, Geologie von Syrien und den Libanon, Berlin 1967.

However one type of natural endowment is of little account-the perennial river system. No river is such as to sustain the traffic of inland navigation. With the exception of the Jordan meandering shallow along its sunken bed to debouch into an inland sea, all rivers have to break through precipitous mountain slopes down to their mouth; and the characteristic form of drainage is the seasonal mountain torrent-the Wady. The salient effect of this on the life of the country is that cultivation and pastoralism depend almost entirely on rainfall.

The eastern mountain slopes and steppe- western highlands central valley eastern highlands steppe desert mediterranean climate oceanic continental 8 poor river system building materials GEOGRAPHICAL BACKGROUND land commences to feel the effects of the desert air and eventually the Mediterranean climate is lost in the Syrian desert. · This short recital is meant to indicate that South Syria-Palestine is a well favoured region. However one type of natural endowment is of little account-the perennial river system.

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