A Natural History of the Emirates: An Introduction

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In recent decades there has been a dramatic increase in research on the natural history of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), driven by the growing interest of both amateur and professional naturalists to deepen our understanding of the patterns and processes that structure life across this environmentally unique young nation. A Natural History of the Emirates summarizes this knowledge, providing a current and comprehensive overview of the UAE’s natural environment, emphasizing its unique ecosystems, diverse flora and fauna, and human interactions with these fragile habitats. By shedding light on the physical environment of the Emirates, including the major terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and the uniquely adapted flora and fauna found in the UAE, this book provides invaluable insights into the intricate and interconnected web of life in this environmentally distinct region. Furthermore, the book explores the complex relationship between humans and the environment in the UAE, examining how positive changes under economic development have sometimes come at a cost to nature, and in other cases has created new habitat for human-associated communities. A Natural History of the Emirates serves as an essential foundation for those seeking to contribute to the vital mission of preserving and protecting the rich natural heritage of the United Arab Emirates for future generations.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Natural History of the Emirates
EditorsJohn Burt
PublisherSpringer Nature
StatePublished - Oct 31 2023


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