Keepers of legend and witness to nature's greatest movement, mountains are regarded with awe and admiration by every culture that has these staggering wonders in its midst. In this stunning book, a geologist and a nature photographer provide a tour of the world's most spectacular mountain ranges, revealing their fascinating scientific origins and tracing their natural histories. Studying closely the young mountains found in the Himalayas and Andes ranges, and explaining why ranges like the Rockies are dying, the book's incisive text reveals the secrets of a mountain's birth, its endurance against erosive elements, and its march towards an inevitable demise. Illustrated throughout with breathtaking photographs, Mountains shows how these natural wonders are living creatures unto themselves.
Paul Tapponnier is a professor and Director of the Tectonics Laboratory at the Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris. In 2005, in recognition of his work in Asia, he was the only French person to become a member of the American National Academy of Sciences. Paul lives in Paris. Kevin Kling is a Franco-American photographer, and has travelled thousands of miles over the past 25 years, crossing isolated, barely accessible regions of India, Africa, South America and Asia. Her photographs have been shown in museums and galleries in Paris, London, New York and Tokyo and she is a member of the Royal Geographical Society. Kevin lives in Paris.