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The semi-desert area of Ras Baalbek … A hidden Gem

By Fouad Itani The semi-desert area of Ras Baalbek in the northern Bekaa region is a barren area where little precipitation occurs and consequently living conditions there are hostile to both fauna and flora. What makes this area special is a wide selection of biome-restricted species rarely found elsewhere in Lebanon. This attracts few birdwatchers but also, unfortunately, unethical hunters and poachers.     …

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The Ras Baalbek semi-desert: Lebanon’s aridland area and its birds

RICHARD PRIOR & COLIN CONROY Lebanon is a mountainous country with two parallel mountain ranges, Mount Lebanon and the Anti-Lebanon, running north to south, with the Bekaa valley between. There is high precipitation along the coast and on the west facing slopes of the Mount Lebanon range and peaks, but much less in the inte- rior. This rain shadow effect …

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