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The Desert

Michael Welland


PUBLISHED: 1st August 2014
ISBN: 9781780233604
ANNOTATION:
From scorching seas of sand to glacial polar expanses, Desert: Lands of Lost Borders relates the tales, truths, folklore and facts of the desert in an analysis that is at once informative and surprising.
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PUBLISHED: 1st August 2014
ISBN: 9781780233604
ANNOTATION:
From scorching seas of sand to glacial polar expanses, Desert: Lands of Lost Borders relates the tales, truths, folklore and facts of the desert in an analysis that is at once informative and surprising.

Annotation

From scorching seas of sand to glacial polar expanses, Desert: Lands of Lost Borders relates the tales, truths, folklore and facts of the desert in an analysis that is at once informative and surprising.

Publisher Description

Lands of extremes, contrasts and constant change, deserts cover a quarter of our planet's land area and are home to some half a billion people. Though generally seen as arid and infertile, deserts have been the birthplaces of critical evolutionary adaptations, civilizations, ideologies and agricultural and social progress. Deserts play active roles in the continued evolution of our climate and societies, demanding that we think seriously about these barren lands and their future. From scorching seas of sand to glacial polar expanses, The Desert: Lands of Lost Borders relates the tales, truths, folklore and facts of the desert in an analysis that is at once informative and surprising.

Author Biography

Michael Welland has worked for the British Geological Survey in Oman, which has given him first-hand experience of many deserts the world over. He writes a blog and has lectured widely on the subject; his previous publications include Sand: A Journey Through Science and the Imagination (2009).

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Wet and Dry, Hot and Cold 2. Big and Small, Fast and Slow 3. Insiders and Outsiders, Civilization and Strategy 4. Outsiders and Insiders, New World and Old 5. Mind and Matter, Body and Soul 6. Ancient and Modern, Boom and Bust 7. Barriers and Corridors, Imports and Exports 8. Feast or Famine, Knowns and Unknowns A Personal Epilogue Sources and Further Reading Acknowledgements Photo Acknowledgements and Text Permissions Index

Review

"A rich, scholarly, beautifully crafted and illustrated account of deserts in all their diversity: not just their geology and wildlife, but also the human cultures that have made wilderness their home, and the art and poetry that has been inspired by arid remoteness. We learn of those who have treated deserts wisely and with respect, and those who have placed human vanity above regard for nature. Welland's grasp of an impressive range of research never falters."--Richard Fortey FRS, author of The Earth: An Intimate History

Long Description

Lands of extremes, contrasts and constant change, deserts cover a quarter of our planet's land area and are home to some half a billion people. Though generally seen as arid and infertile, deserts have been the birthplaces of critical evolutionary adaptations, civilizations, ideologies and agricultural and social progress. Deserts play active roles in the continued evolution of our climate and societies, demanding that we think seriously about these barren lands and their future. From scorching seas of sand to glacial polar expanses, The Desert: Lands of Lost Borders relates the tales, truths, folklore and facts of the desert in an analysis that is at once informative and surprising.

Review Quote

"This handsome book is informative, well-illustrated, broad-ranging, and clever. The author has managed to weave together a whole array of different strands that serve to make deserts what they are. . . . Lovers of deserts will love this book and will also learn much from it."

Product Details

Author
Michael Welland
Pages
232
Publisher
Reaktion Books
ISBN-10
1780233604
ISBN-13
9781780233604
Format
Hardcover
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
40 black & white
Media
Book
Subtitle
Lands of Lost Borders
Short Title
DESERT
Language
English
Year
2014
Publication Date
2014-08-01
Audience
General/Trade