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Volume 32, Number 4 July/August 1981

In This Issue

July/August 1981
The Nairn Way
Written by John M. Munro and Martin Love

They dodged raids and rebels, drove in dunes, coped with breakdowns, fixed flats in the sand and, more than once, faced financial ruin as they revolutionized transport across the Syrian desert.

The Other Minerals
Written by George W. Windsor
Photographed by S. M. Amin

To diversify its one-crop economy, the Saudi Arab government has launched a new search for its other minerals: iron, zinc, copper, gypsum, phosphates, and - an exciting possibility - gold.

Regatta on the Nile
Written and photographed by Martin Love

In "fours" and "pairs" "sculls" and "eights" Egypt's rowers sometimes won, often lost but always tried as they faced stiff international competition in an annual festival of oars, as old as Akhnaton.

A Taste for Freedom
Written and photographed by Michael Winn

In the wilds of the world-the arid desert, the icy mountain, the trackless marsh - Wilfred Thesiger found "the stillness of a world that knew no engine" -and his first taste of a special freedom.

A Terminal in a Tent
Written by John Lawton
Photographed by S. M. Amin

As part of its massive new airport in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia has also erected a special air terminal just for the Hajj - the annual pilgrimage to Makkah - a terminal in a tent.