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About this book
About this book
Internationally renowned photographer Michael Martin has travelled through every desert on earth, crossing Asia, Australia, the Americas, and Africa, seeking out the most spectacular landscapes, from the Rub al-Khali to the Great Sandy Desert, the Great Basin, and the Kalahari. Many of these "wastelands" consist of more than just desert sand. Afghanistan's Bamian region is notable for its deep blue-green lakes set in a rocky landscape. The Danakil's unnamed volcanoes glow in the Ethiopian night, while Chile's Atacama region harbours geysers that can erupt at any moment. This book is a journey of some 60,000 miles and the first single-volume documentation of earth's breathtaking desert landscapes.
Foreword and Preface by Michael Martin; Texts; Introduction The Causes and Types of Deserts; The Locations and Sizes of Deserts; The Landscape Features of Deserts; Live and Survival in the Desert The Plants of the Desert; The Animals of the Desert; Human Beings in the Desert; From Exploration to Exploitation The History of Desert Discoveries and Desert Research; Deserts: What Does the Future Hold? Images; The Deserts of Asia The Deserts of Arabia, Middle Asia, Iran and Afghanistan, India and Central Asia; The Deserts of Australia The Great Sandy Desert, the Great Victoria Desert and adjacent areas, the Simpson Desert and adjacent areas; The Deserts of the Americas The Great Basin, the Mojave, the Sonora, the Chihuahua Deserts, the Atacama Deserts; The Deserts of Africa The Namib, the Kalahari, the Danakil, the Sahara
Michael Martin has long been acknowledged as the leading desert photographer of our time, having spent the past twenty years exploring the African deserts and finally the world's remotest places. His most recent book, Deserts of Africa, has sold over 50,000 copies internationally.