By Boris A. Portnov (auth.), Dr. Boris A. Portnov, Professor Dr. A. Paul Hare (eds.)
Despite the typical figuring out of the significance of wilderness improvement within the modern international, there are fairly few books released thus far in this sub ject. The books and collective volumes released during this box deal essentially with environmental and actual points of barren region improvement akin to soil, agricul ture, crops, water assets, and so forth. by contrast, this publication addresses the problems of nearby and concrete improvement in wilderness components, that have now not been given adequate realization. the current booklet is socially orientated. It considers actual improvement of wasteland areas now not as an result in itself, yet particularly as a vital precondition for growing socially beautiful and fascinating environments for human cost. The booklet addresses the problems of desolate tract improvement at 3 certain conceptual degrees - zone, city envi ronment, and construction -and offers with either cold and warm deserts. nearly half the chapters during this publication are unique contributions that experience now not been released in other places. the rest chapters fall into teams: 1) chapters that have been reprinted from numerous refereed journals, and a couple of) chapters at the start published somewhere else and revised by way of their respective authors specifi cally for this collective quantity. within the former case, permission to breed the cloth has been bought from the respective copyright holders, and the main points of unique booklet and names of copyright holders are indicated in footnotes.
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4 Urban Settlements in Israel: Inequalities of Population Growth Statistical data on the population growth of urban localities in Israel (Local Authorities in Israel: Physical Data 1994-96; Statistical Abstract of Israel 1993-96) indicate that, for the period of 1992-93, this growth varied considerably across settlements of different sizes. In particular, the highest rates of annual population increase were exhibited by urban localities of 10,000-25,000 residents (Fig. 1). To understand the nature of this phenomenon and its implications for planning, a case study was undertaken with several major objectives: 1) to explain why localities of the above size tend to grow faster than other urban settlements; 2) to determine the main factors and prerequisites which contribute to the population growth patterns of the country's urban settlements in general, and 3) to Boris A.