We were quartered on a Nile steamer, moored to the dock, as the hotels were crowded. We had hardly landed on the deck when the flies lit on us in swarms. In all parts of the world I had encountered flies that held the record for abandoned cruelty to man, but they were white-winged angels of peace compared to these tarantulas! They stuck and hung and dug into your flesh with apparent glee. You have whips, whisks, fans and bunches of twigs to chase and defeat them, but it's all no use. You kill a dozen and a hundred take their place. -from "Egypt" Much more than a missive from exotic ports of call, this delightful 1909 travelogue is like taking a long and agreeable sea voyage with a smart, snarky friend. Bayne, who distained "post-card mania" but revels in roundabout stories and clever character sketches, treats us to his wonderful, witty observations of such far-off places as Cadiz, Alhambra, Constantinople, the Dead Sea, Messina, Pompeii, Monte Carlo, and much more. Set sail in a round-the-world cruise without ever leaving home... and journey back in time to a more elegant era when every vacation was an adventure. OF INTEREST TO: armchair travelers, readers of early-20th-century literature American author SAMUEL GAMBLE BAYNE (1844-1924) also wrote On an Irish Jaunting-Car: Through Donegal and Connemara (1902) and Quicksteps Through Scandinavia, With a Retreat from Moscow (1908).
This book is the outcome of a NATO Advanced Research Workshop on "The Eastern Mediterranean as a laboratory basin for the assessment of contrasting ecosystems" that was held in Kiev, Ukraine, March 23-27, 1998. The scientific rationale of the workshop can be summarized as follows. The Eastern Mediterranean is the most nutrient impoverished and oligotrophic large water body known. There is a well-defined eastward trend in nutrient ratios over the entire Mediterranean that starts at the Gibraltar Straits and, through the western basin, proceeds to the Ionian and Levantine Seas. Supply of nutrients to the entire Mediterranean is limited by inputs from the North Atlantic and various river systems along the sea. The unique feature of the Mediterranean is the presence of an eastward longitudinal trend in available nitrate/phosphate ratios. This apparently induces a west-to-east variation in the structure of the pelagic food web and trophic interactions. In this context the Mediterranean, and in particular its Eastern basin, provides probably a unique platform to explore the hypotheses related to the suggested phosphate-limitation on production and to the shift between "microbial" and "classical" modes of operation of the photic food web. The major exception of the overall oligotrophic nature of the Eastern Mediterranean is the highly eutrophic system of the Northern Adriatic Sea. Here, during the last two decades the discharges of the northern rivers (especially of the Po), together with municipal sewage, have led to a very marked increase of nutrients and subsequent imponent eutrophication events.
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