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Runoff, Infiltration and Subsurface Flow of Water in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions

  • Arie S. Issar
  • Sol D. Resnick

Part of the Water Science and Technology Library book series (WSTL, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. M. Agassi, Y. Benyamini, J. Morin, S. Marish, E. Henkin
    Pages 63-120
  3. Y. Mualem, S. Assouline
    Pages 131-181
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 183-184

About this book

Introduction

Arid and semi-arid regions can be defined as environments in which water is the limit­ ing factor for bio-systems. This means that survival of life in these regions involves a constant struggle to obtain this limited commodity and draw the maximum benefit out of it. However, despite the difficulties for plants, animals, and man to live in, these regions, they are being utilized more and more because of the pressure of world population growth. This is expressed in the expansion of agricultural activities in desert lands as well as by the formation and rapid growth of urban and industrial centers. These trends result in a growing demand for water on the one hand, and the disposal of vast amounts of waste water, as well as other types of refuse, on the other. Meeting the first demand, namely, supplying water to the agricultural communities and urban centers, involves, in many instances, the over-exploitation and misuse of nat­ ural water resources. The surplus of waste water, sometimes highly loaded with toxic compounds, is likely to cause irreversible damage to the environment. The geoscientists and engineers face a challenge on two conflicting fronts. Success on one front, namely, in answering the full demand for water, may lead to an increase in the pollution of the environment by waste water.

Keywords

Filtration Infiltration erosion water supply

Editors and affiliations

  • Arie S. Issar
    • 1
  • Sol D. Resnick
    • 2
  1. 1.The Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert ResearchBen-Gurion University of the NegevSede Boqer CampusIsrael
  2. 2.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-2929-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4701-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2929-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0921-092X
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