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  • Bees at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
    Jerry Buzzell and Brigitte Howarth had their hands full with this swarm of bees at the FMHS.
  • Birds of Jebel Hafit
    A list of birds recorded on or near Jebel Hafit, provided by Tommy Pedersen who maintains the definitive site for birding in the UAE at UAE Birding. The list is up-to-date as of May 2009.
  • Bones, fossils or rocks?
    Are these just rocks? Or are these fossilized bones found in Fossil Valley?
  • Copper Smelting
    Copper smelting in the Hajar Mountains, and information about copper smelting in general, is available from this page.
  • Khaleef Falaj
    The remains of a falaj system between Hili and Foha.
  • Al Ain Falaj Report
    A PDF copy of a report dated Februay 2006 entitled "Current Status of Aflaj in the Al Ain Area, United Arab Emirates" and prepared by Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD)
  • Falaj Watchtowers
    Phil Iddison's study of the watchtowers that once protected the oases of Al Ain.
  • Forts in Al Ain
    Floor plans, illustrations, history (in Arabic) and other information regarding some of Al Ain's most famous forts including Muaiji, Qattara, Wajdi, Jimi and Jahli.
  • Blanford's Fox Report
    The article by Peter Cunningham and Brigitte Howarth on the Blanford's Fox, as published in Zoology in the Middle East 27, 2002: 21-28
  • Rob Reid's Garden of Indigenous Plants
    "The value of encouraging the use of indigenous plants in gardens and parks goes beyond the aesthetic value that many of us place on maintaining the distinctive local flavor of a place, to the support of the undisrupted complexity of the ecosystems outside of the garden or city limits, and more efficient use of resources like water and soil fertility." See the results of Rob's research and hard work.
  • Geology Workshop
    A crash course in geology courtesy of one of the Al Ain chapter's first field trip leaders, Nick Saines. An introduction to the physiology of the Al Ain region, introduction to rocks and stratigraphy and discussions of sand dunes and beaches. In two formats: PDF and DOC.
  • Hot Springs of Jebel Hafit
    These images of the hot springs of Jebel Hafit were taken during a Music Festival trip; the site has been renovated since our visit.
  • Jebel Hafit Stone Patterns
    On the plain on the east side of Jebel Hafit, there are areas where the small surface stones have been arranged into patterns with the stones arranged in small circles, large rectangles and a variety of shapes. The function or purpose of the stone piling remains a mystery.
  • Murraba Fort
    Phil Iddison's study of this classic fortified site in Al Ain.
  • Oranges
    Phil Iddison's study of the locally grown oranges.
  • Picture wing fly
    Brigitte Howarth introduced the group to the picture-wing fly, a fly with the image of a fly on each wing!
  • Pottery
    Dr. Sophie Mery, head of the French archaeological team that has been working on the pit grave at Hili for several years, provided this article on "Local Pottery Production in Al Ain During the Early Bronze Age (3rd millennium)".
  • Pottery Sherds from Wadi Khutwah
    Near one of the ancient copper smelting rings at Wadi Khutwah, graves dating back to the Um an Nar period have been located. The age of the graves has been confirmed based on the pottery sherds found there. Some of those sherds are shown here.
  • Rain in April 2003
    It does not rain often in Al Ain so when it does, we record it! In Al Ain, at Jebel Qatarra and Wadi Madbah.
  • Robber Flies
    The robber fly! Brigitte Howarth discusses this remarkable insect in this article.
  • River in the Sand
    During a field trip to Wadi Safwan in September, 2009, our convoy encountered several streams growing quickly in the desert sand. Members have shared photos of this rare occurrence.
  • Air Sumaini
    One of the landing strips constructed in the mid-20th Century, this airfield is located in Wadi Sumaini and has survived despite nearby road construction and quarrying operations.
  • Tahr on Jebel Hafit
    The chapter's recording officer, Peter Cunningham, reports on a sighting of tahr on Jebel Hafit.
  • Sultan Fort
    Phil Iddison's photographic study of one of the city's most well known forts.
  • Uvifera
    Phil Iddison recorded this unique plant in the Al Ain Oasis.

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