The present book by two researchers from the Hebrew University presents the wide panorama of this interaction. Regional earth science, oceanography, marine and inland flora and fauna, together with regional anthropology and ancient history are for the first time presented on equal footing in this well-illustrated book. In the corner of the Levant, the interdependence between the water bodies of the Rift Valley, the earliest waves of human settlement and the emergent agro-pastoral culture are especially in evidence and a source for management efforts even today. The most updated knowledge about the environmental history of the region together with the exciting new oceanographic discoveries and processes are presented alongside with the human impact - prehistorical, classical and contemporary. The resulting symbiosis between sea, land and society created a homogenous circum-Mediterranean nature and culture. Biogeography and human geography are inextricable. "Mare Nostrum" is the best example of an anthropic environment, seasoned by long-standing human influence and therefore less prone to modern induced imbalance.
It maintained its beauty and attractiveness as the world's chief target for tourism. The book is a primer for integrative Mediterranean environmental studies. It is a widely regional synthesis of fields like historical geology, plant and animal biogeography, oceanography, human history and societal impact - fields which received in the past only parochial treatments. First in its kind, it can serve as a basic textbook which provides a guardedly optimistic academic message, instead of the many doomsday previsions.