Science: The Flowering Desert

Thirty miles north of Amman, Jordan, some 100 acres of bright green grass grew eight inches high. Around it lay dusty desert supporting a few tough shrubs. Soldiers of the Arab Legion last week were guarding the grass day & night to keep the goats and camels of the Bedouins from eating it down to the roots. The Bedouins themselves came in droves to admire the greenery, for no such grass had grown in that desert since the time of the Prophet.

Last summer Norman H. French of Casper, Wyo., water expert of the U.S. Point Four program, went into the desert...

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