The Desert: Lands of Lost Borders

Welland, Michael

Editorial: Reaktion Books 2015-02-15, 2015
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Sinopsis: From endless sand dunes and prickly cacti to shimmering mirages and green oases, deserts evoke contradictory images in us. They are lands of desolation, but also of romance, of blistering Mojave heat and biting Gobi cold. Covering a quarter of the earth’s land mass and providing a home to half a billion people, they are both a physical reality and landscapes of the mind. The idea of the desert has long captured Western imagination, put on display in films and literature, but these portrayals often fail to capture the true scope and diversity of the people living there. Bridging the scientific and cultural gaps between perception and reality, The Desert celebrates our fascination with these arid lands and their inhabitants, as well as their importance both throughout history and in the world today.
           
Covering an immense geographical range, Michael Welland wanders from the Sahara to the Atacama, depicting the often bizarre adaptations of plants and animals to these hostile environments. He also looks at these seemingly infertile landscapes in the context of their place in history as the birthplaces not only of critical evolutionary adaptations, civilizations, and social progress, but also of ideologies. Telling the stories of the diverse peoples who call the desert home, he describes how people have survived there, their contributions to agricultural development, and their emphasis on water and its scarcity. He also delves into the allure of deserts and how they have been used in literature and film and their influence on fashion, art, and architecture. As Welland reveals, deserts may be difficult to define, but they play an active role in the evolution of our global climate and society at large, and their future is of the utmost importance. Entertaining, informative, and surprising, The Desert is an intriguing new look at these seemingly harsh and inhospitable landscapes.

About the Author: Michael Welland is a geologist with more than forty years’ experience in teaching and the international energy industry around the world, including sojourns in many of the planet’s great arid regions. Author of the award-winning book Sand: A Journey through Science and the Imagination, he has given public lectures and radio broadcasts in the United States and Europe and writes a blog on all topics sandy. 

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Título: The Desert: Lands of Lost Borders
Editorial: Reaktion Books 2015-02-15
Año de publicación: 2015
Encuadernación: Hardcover
Condición del libro: New

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Descripción Estado de conservación: New. Publisher/Verlag: Reaktion Books | Lands of Lost Borders | Lands of extremes, contrasts and constant change, deserts cover a quarter of our planets land area and are home to some half a billion people. The desert as an idea has long captured the Western imagination, but too often in ways that fail to grasp the true scope and diversity of these spaces. Misconceptions and misrepresentations also abound about the realities of the lives of people for whom the desert is home. Deserts are landscapes of the mind as much as physical realities - they are places of metaphor and myth.For the outsider, stories of the desert are about the exotic and the hostile - about adventures into unknown territory. Few of us consider the perspectives of those who live in and navigate the desert each day. This book attempts to bridge the gaps, both scientific and cultural, between perception and reality, while celebrating the fascination, excitement and variety of desert lands and their inhabitants.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, 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. | Format: Hardback | Language/Sprache: english | 1115 gr | 168x34x24 mm | 232 pp. Nº de ref. de la librería K9781780233604

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Descripción Reaktion Books. Hardback. Estado de conservación: new. BRAND NEW, The Desert: Lands of Lost Borders, Michael Welland, 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. 'The desert' as an idea has long captured the Western imagination, but too often in ways that fail to grasp the true scope and diversity of these spaces. Misconceptions and misrepresentations also abound about the realities of the lives of people for whom the desert is home. Deserts are landscapes of the mind as much as physical realities - they are places of metaphor and myth. For the outsider, stories of the desert are about the exotic and the hostile - about adventures into unknown territory. Few of us consider the perspectives of those who live in and navigate the desert each day. This book attempts to bridge the gaps, both scientific and cultural, between perception and reality, while celebrating the fascination, excitement and variety of desert lands and their inhabitants. 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, 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. Nº de ref. de la librería B9781780233604

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