Issue No. 50
About this newsletter:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Landscape with words in foreground
African arid landscapes in literature and
Metaphorical and literal depictions
of the desert in the Qur'an
Communities at the margins: Arab poetry of
Days of summer rain
Etching the desert
The May/June 2002 issue of the Arid Lands Newsletter, ALN No. 51, will focus on the theme of "Mapping Drylands."
Mapping and cartography are powerful tools that have helped human beings better understand their surroundings for millenia. The intent of this issue is to explore how this tool has been used to help humans understand drylands, both historically and in terms of contemporary developments. Historically speaking, what contributions might various drylands cultures have made to the art and science of mapping? In our current age, how have tools like remote sensing and GIS altered mapping and cartography? Articles focusing on current mapping and cartography projects that will lead to a greater understanding of dryland dynamics are particularly encouraged.
Proposals for papers, comments, suggestions for possible authors, suggestions for resources (web, paper, CD-ROM etc.) to be included, etc. are welcome. Please send your suggestions to Katherine Waser, Editor, Arid Lands Newsletter.