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Daniel Hillel is professor emeritus of plant, soil and environmental sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A renowned environmental scientist and hydrologist, he has worked throughout the Middle East, as a consultant to the governments of Israel, Pakistan, the Sudan, Iran, Egypt, Cyprus, and elsewhere; and as an advisor to the World Bank and various U.N. agencies. He has published over 200 scientific papers and reports, as well as popular articles in Natural History Magazine and the National Geographic Society's Research and Exploration. His nineteen books include definitive texts on arid zone ecology, irrigation, and soil physics, as well as the award-winning Out of the Earth: Civilization and the Life of the Soil, Negev: Land, Water and the Life in a Desert Environment, and Rivers of Eden: The Struggle for Water and the Quest for Peace in the Middle East.

 

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