Exclusive New Title from East View Press: Terrain Analysis of Syria and Lebanon

Minneapolis – November 17, 2015 – East View Press announces the newest title in its Terrain Analysis series, the Terrain Analysis of Syria and Lebanon. Available in e-book and print, Terrain Analysis of Syria and Lebanon contains 47 color topographic maps supplemented with locally sourced reports on demographics, roads, terrain, soils, hydrology, vegetation and climate. 

"Terrain Analysis of Syria and Lebanon provides simple and easy access to once-classified geographic intelligence covering these entire countries," says East View Geospatial CEO Kent D. Lee. "We prepared this publication for use by peacekeeping forces, humanitarian organizations, embassy personnel, local authorities and international business investors." 

Available in English for the first time and accessible on computers, tablets and smart phones in PDF format, the publication was created by East View Geospatial analysts who translated detailed terrain and geographic reports printed on the reverse sides of 1:200,000-scale topographic maps.  These maps were originally produced by Soviet national mapping authorities using on-site surveys, local knowledge and long-term observations.  Where possible, East View has updated the reports with additional data from authoritative sources. 

"As with all East View Geospatial products, locally sourced information provides value and sets this publication apart from the others," says Lee. "The full-color maps show terrain geometry and place names in vivid detail, while the written analyses offer geographic insights, such as when a river freezes, which off-road areas are traversable in different seasons, and which construction materials are used in local houses – just to name a few." 

The source materials for the book, e-book and related geospatial data sets include the following detailed geographic intelligence:
Populated places: From small towns and villages to major cities, local road conditions, building characteristics, water resources, housing density, sanitary conditions, telecommunications infrastructure, and population levels.
Roads and bridges: Load capacities, surface type (e.g. dirt, gravel, asphalt) and width, elevation and seasonal conditions.
Topography and Soil Conditions: Altitude and slope characteristics for local terrain, types of soils (e.g. sandy, clay), and water tables.
Hydrography: Major rivers, widths, depths, and flow rates, banks/islands, silting, freezing pollution and conditions affecting use.
Vegetation: Grassy, forested shrubs, tree heights and types, predominant types of grasses and crops cultivated.
Climate: Temperature range by season, snow, rainfall and wind conditions. 

The Terrain Analysis of Syria and Lebanon may be purchased through East View Press at www.eastviewpress.com.  Previous titles in East View’s Terrain Analysis series include Ukraine and Afghanistan, both available as print books, e-books and databases.  Visit East View Press for more details.  Leveraging its extensive library of locally sourced reports, databases, books and cartographic resources for much of the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Russia, East View is now working on terrain analysis maps and related products for North Korea, Iran, Myanmar, China and more. 

About East View
East View was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. East View is comprised of East View Information Services (www.eastview.com), East View Geospatial (www.geospatial.com) and East View Map Link (www.maplink.com). East View maintains thousands of supplier/publisher relationships throughout the world for maps and geospatial data and Russian, Arabic and Chinese-produced social and hard science content. East View manages a data center, library and warehouse in Minneapolis where it hosts and stores dozens of foreign language databases, hundreds of thousands of maps and atlases and millions of geospatial, Russian, Chinese and Arabic metadata records.