Image (c) Jennifer R. Pournelle, October 2012. Prof. Malik Ali, director of the U. Basra Marine Science Centre, East Hammar Marsh.
As a port within a trading province, Basra is a uniquely multicultural city, mixing Arab, Persian, Kurdish, Turkish, Indian, African, and Southeast Asian heritage (among others!). It makes for a great collegial atmosphere, and open-handed support for international collaborators. We sincerely hope for international reach with our project, for Basra shares its ecological crisis with many other delta regions of the world. #cmarsh