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The immeasurable world: journeys in desert places William Atkins.

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"One third of the earth’s land surface is desert, much of it desolate and inhospitable. What is it about this harsh environment that has captivated humankind throughout history? From the prophets of the Bible to Marco Polo, Lawrence of Arabia to Gertrude Bell, travelers have often seen deserts as cursed places to be avoided or crossed as quickly as possible. But for those who call deserts home, the ‘hideous blanks’ described by exploders are rich in resources and significance. Travelling to five continents over three years, visiting deserts both iconic and little-known, William Atkins discovers a realm that is as much internal as physical, His journey takes him to the Arabian Peninsula’s Empty Quarter and Australia’s nuclear-test grounds; the dry Aral Sea of Kazakhstan and the ‘sand seas’; of China’s volatile north-west; the contested borderlands of Arizona and the riotous Burning Man festival in Nevada’s’ Black Rock Desert; and the ancient monasteries of Egypt’s Eastern Desert. Along the way, Atkins illuminates the people, history, topography and symbolism of these remarkable but often troubled places." - back cover
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Columbia Gorge Community College Library 910.9154 ATKINS 2018 (Text) 23892000944325 Main Collection Book None 06/25/2018 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780571319732
  • Physical Description: 408 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: London : Faber & Faber, 2018.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The desert library : the Empty Quarter, Oman -- Field of thunder : the Great Victoria Desert, Australia -- Troublemakers : the Gobi Desert and the Taklamakan Desert, China -- Bastard sturgeon : the Aralkum, Kazakhstan -- Between great fires : the Sonoran Desert, USA -- Matter out of place : the Black Rock Desert, USA -- The inner mountain : the Eastern Desert, Egypt.
Summary, etc.:
"One third of the earth’s land surface is desert, much of it desolate and inhospitable. What is it about this harsh environment that has captivated humankind throughout history? From the prophets of the Bible to Marco Polo, Lawrence of Arabia to Gertrude Bell, travelers have often seen deserts as cursed places to be avoided or crossed as quickly as possible. But for those who call deserts home, the ‘hideous blanks’ described by exploders are rich in resources and significance. Travelling to five continents over three years, visiting deserts both iconic and little-known, William Atkins discovers a realm that is as much internal as physical, His journey takes him to the Arabian Peninsula’s Empty Quarter and Australia’s nuclear-test grounds; the dry Aral Sea of Kazakhstan and the ‘sand seas’; of China’s volatile north-west; the contested borderlands of Arizona and the riotous Burning Man festival in Nevada’s’ Black Rock Desert; and the ancient monasteries of Egypt’s Eastern Desert. Along the way, Atkins illuminates the people, history, topography and symbolism of these remarkable but often troubled places." - back cover
Subject: Desert people.
Deserts.
Landscapes.
Desert ecology.
Atkins, Will (Editor) > Travel.

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