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Atlas of Untamed Places

Atlas of Untamed Places Author Chris Fitch
ISBN-10 1781316775
Release 2017-09-28
Pages 208
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With beautiful, unique maps and evocative photography, Atlas of Untamed Places is an intrepid voyage to nature’s wildest places. In a world that has increasingly become tamed by human activity, the true wild holds a growing mysticism. Rugged landscapes with unspoilt scenery invoke romantic visions of paradise, but there are also intense and powerful wildernesses that produce fear and awe alike and unexplored zones where feral wildlife roams in the shadows. Chris Fitch takes you on a journey through the world’s most wild places, visiting immensely diverse floral kingdoms, remote jungles abundant with exotic birds, and both freezing cold and scorching hot inhospitable environments. From these natural havens we travel to the extreme and the incredible: lightning inducing lakes, acidic mud baths, and man-eating tiger kingdoms. We encounter places being reclaimed by nature, such as Chernobyl, that after being left abandoned for years are returning to a natural wilderness, free from human intervention. Not forgetting those most bizarre of destinations, such as the tidal surges of the Qiantang River, the bridge to Modo Island that emerges from the sea, and the strange magnetic pull of Jabuka rock.



Atlas of Improbable Places

Atlas of Improbable Places Author Travis Elborough
ISBN-10 9781781316351
Release 2016-09-01
Pages 224
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It is perhaps the eighth wonder of our world that despite modern mapping and satellite photography our planet continues to surprise us. Hidden lairs beneath layers of rock, forgotten cities rising out of deserted lands and even mankind's own feats of engineering eccentricity lie in the most unusual of destinations. Travis Elborough goes in search of the obscure and bizarre, the beautiful and estranged. Taking in the defiant relics of ancient cities such as Ani, a once thriving metropolis lost to conquered lands, and the church tower of San Juan Parangaricuto, that miraculously stands as the sole survivor of a town sunk by lava. Through the labyrinths of Berlin and Beijing — underground realms dug for refuge, espionage and even, as Canada's Moose Jaw, used as the playground for gangsters trading liquor and money over cards. Never forgetting the freaks and wonders of nature's own unusual masterpieces: the magical underground river shaped like a dragon's mouth in the Philippines and the floating world of Palmerston. With beautiful maps and stunning photography illustrating each destination, Atlas of Improbable Places is a fascinating voyage to the world's most incredible destinations. As the Island of Dolls and the hauntingly titled Door to Hell — an inextinguishable fire pit - attest, mystery is never far away. The truths and myths behind their creation are as varied as the destinations themselves. Standing as symbols of worship, testaments to kingships or even the strange and wonderful traditions of old and new, these curious places are not just extraordinary sights but reflections on man's own relationship with the world around us.



Atlas of Cursed Places

Atlas of Cursed Places Author Olivier Le Carrer
ISBN-10 9780316353519
Release 2015-10-06
Pages 144
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Oliver Le Carrer brings us a fascinating history and armchair journey to the world's most dangerous and frightful places, complete with vintage maps and period illustrations in a handsome volume. This alluring read includes 40 locations that are rife with disaster, chaos, paranormal activity, and death. The locations gathered here include the dangerous Strait of Messina, home of the mythical sea monsters Scylla and Charybdis; the coal town of Jharia, where the ground burns constantly with fire; Kasanka National Park in Zambia, where 8 million migrating bats darken the skies; the Nevada Triangle in the Sierra Nevada mountains, where hundreds of aircraft have disappeared; and Aokigahara Forest near Mount Fuji in Japan, the world's second most popular suicide location following the Golden Gate Bridge.



Unruly Places

Unruly Places Author Alastair Bonnett
ISBN-10 9780544101609
Release 2014-07-08
Pages 288
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A tour of the world’s hidden geographies—from disappearing islands to forbidden deserts—and a stunning testament to how mysterious the world remains today At a time when Google Maps Street View can take you on a virtual tour of Yosemite’s remotest trails and cell phones double as navigational systems, it’s hard to imagine there’s any uncharted ground left on the planet. In Unruly Places, Alastair Bonnett goes to some of the most unexpected, offbeat places in the world to reinspire our geographical imagination. Bonnett’s remarkable tour includes moving villages, secret cities, no man’s lands, and floating islands. He explores places as disorienting as Sandy Island, an island included on maps until just two years ago despite the fact that it never existed. Or Sealand, an abandoned gun platform off the English coast that a British citizen claimed as his own sovereign nation, issuing passports and crowning his wife as a princess. Or Baarle, a patchwork of Dutch and Flemish enclaves where walking from the grocery store’s produce section to the meat counter can involve crossing national borders. An intrepid guide down the road much less traveled, Bonnett reveals that the most extraordinary places on earth might be hidden in plain sight, just around the corner from your apartment or underfoot on a wooded path. Perfect for urban explorers, wilderness ramblers, and armchair travelers struck by wanderlust, Unruly Places will change the way you see the places you inhabit.



An Atlas of Countries that Don t Exist

An Atlas of Countries that Don t Exist Author Nick Middleton
ISBN-10 9781452158839
Release 2017-03-21
Pages 240
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What is a country? Acclaimed travel writer and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton brings to life the origins and histories of 50 states that, lacking international recognition and United Nations membership, exist on the margins of legitimacy in the global order. From long-contested lands like Crimea and Tibet to lesser-known territories such as Africa's last colony and a European republic that enjoyed independence for a single day, Middleton presents fascinating stories of shifting borders, visionary leaders, and "forgotten" peoples. Beautifully illustrated with 50 regional maps, each country is literally die-cut out of the page, offering a distinctive tactile experience while exploring these remarkable places.



Untamed Places

Untamed Places Author Norman Brown
ISBN-10 0865348170
Release 2011
Pages 191
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This is a book about dreams and their fulfillment—and the adventures of a lifetime. Norman Brown was for many years the CEO of one of the world's largest advertising agencies. As such, he traveled all over the world, but saw much of it only from the windows of skyscrapers or planes. He resolved when he retired to see it from the ground, to plunge into the natural, physical world, and to experience firsthand the huge variety of landscapes, peoples, and cultures that comprise the earth. Here he recounts his adventures on every continent and subcontinent on the planet, from crossing the Sahara, circumnavigating Nepal's Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Fuji, trekking to the bases of both Mount Everest and K2, to traveling into the wilds of Amazonia, and standing in the spray of Angel Falls in Venezuela. He has explored ancient Roman and Greek ruins, retraced the routes of Marco Polo as well as Genghis Khan through the fabled cities and countries of Central Asia and, closer to home, gazed at the sunrise at Arches National Park in Utah, along with dozens of other encounters in Australia, New Guinea, Africa, and beyond. To do what he did in the six and seventh decades of his life—often with people half his age, several of whom became dear friends—requires not only courage and stamina, but humor and resilience, and the willingness to tough it out and roll with the punches. In addition to taking pictures, to his surprise, he was moved to write poetry, which helped him discover the essence of each experience. Through his poems and the commentary that opens each section, we come to know a man of great wit, curiosity, and passion, with keen powers of observation. With maps and nearly 200 color photographs, most by Brown himself, and others by luminaries such as Galen Rowell, as well as over 100 poems composed by Brown, Untamed Places is a uniquely compelling, intimate portrait not only of the world's wildest and most exotic places, but of an entertaining and inspiring person. It will delight the traveler in all of us.



Explorer s Atlas

Explorer s Atlas Author Piotr Wilkowiecki
ISBN-10 0008253056
Release 2017-10-12
Pages 144
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Discover the most intriguing, fascinating and extraordinary facts about the world in this lavishly illustrated, large format atlas. Feed your imagination and go on an adventure with this unusual atlas which is illustrated with a wealth of quirky facts and curiosities from around the world.



City Atlas

City Atlas Author Martin Haake
ISBN-10 9781847807014
Release 2015-09-03
Pages 64
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Take a tour of Toronto, look around Lisbon or hot-foot it to Helsinki with this global adventure in a book! 30 best-loved cities from around the world are brought to life with illustrations by Martin Haake, which show in fabulous detail key landmarks, famous people, iconic buildings and cultural icons for all the family to enjoy. A search-and-find game on every page helps young readers to explore every city and spot the hundreds of details that makes each place unique.



Picturing America

Picturing America Author Stephen J. Hornsby
ISBN-10 9780226386188
Release 2017-03-23
Pages 304
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Instructive, amusing, colorful—pictorial maps have been used and admired since the first medieval cartographer put pen to paper depicting mountains and trees across countries, people and objects around margins, and sea monsters in oceans. More recent generations of pictorial map artists have continued that traditional mixture of whimsy and fact, combining cartographic elements with text and images and featuring bold and arresting designs, bright and cheerful colors, and lively detail. In the United States, the art form flourished from the 1920s through the 1970s, when thousands of innovative maps were mass-produced for use as advertisements and decorative objects—the golden age of American pictorial maps. Picturing America is the first book to showcase this vivid and popular genre of maps. Geographer Stephen J. Hornsby gathers together 158 delightful pictorial jewels, most drawn from the extensive collections of the Library of Congress. In his informative introduction, Hornsby outlines the development of the cartographic form, identifies several representative artists, describes the process of creating a pictorial map, and considers the significance of the form in the history of Western cartography. Organized into six thematic sections, Picturing America covers a vast swath of the pictorial map tradition during its golden age, ranging from “Maps to Amuse” to “Maps for War.” Hornsby has unearthed the most fascinating and visually striking maps the United States has to offer: Disney cartoon maps, college campus maps, kooky state tourism ads, World War II promotional posters, and many more. This remarkable, charming volume’s glorious full-color pictorial maps will be irresistible to any map lover or armchair traveler.



Atlas of Remote Islands

Atlas of Remote Islands Author Judith Schalansky
ISBN-10 014311820X
Release 2010
Pages 143
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For each island, this book provides information on its distance from the mainland, whether its inhabited, its features, and the stories that have shaped its lore.



Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands

Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands Author Judith Schalansky
ISBN-10 9780143126676
Release 2014
Pages 240
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A lovely small-trim edition of the award-winning Atlas of Remote Islands The Atlas of Remote Islands, Judith Schalansky's beautiful and deeply personal account of the islands that have held a place in her heart throughout her lifelong love of cartography, has captured the imaginations of readers everywhere. Using historic events and scientific reports as a springboard, she creates a story around each island: fantastical, inscrutable stories, mixtures of fact and imagination that produce worlds for the reader to explore. Gorgeously illustrated and with new, vibrant colors for the Pocket edition, the atlas shows all fifty islands on the same scale, in order of the oceans they are found. Schalansky lures us to fifty remote destinations?from Tristan da Cunha to Clipperton Atoll, from Christmas Island to Easter Island?and proves that the most adventurous journeys still take place in the mind, with one finger pointing at a map.



Sad Topographies

Sad Topographies Author Damien Rudd
ISBN-10 9781471169304
Release 2017-11-09
Pages 224
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Sad Topographies is an illustrated guide for the melancholic among us. Dispirited travellers rejoice as Damien Rudd journeys across continents in search of the world’s most joyless place names and their fascinating etymologies. Behind each lugubrious place name exists a story, a richly interwoven narrative of mythology, history, landscape, misadventure and tragedy. From Disappointment Island in the Southern Ocean to Misery in Germany, across to Lonely Island in Russia, or, if you’re feeling more intrepid, pay a visit to Mount Hopeless in Australia – all from the comfort of your armchair. With hand drawn maps by illustrator Kateryna Didyk, Sad Topographies will steer you along paths that lead to strange and obscure places, navigating the terrains of historical fact and imaginative fiction. At turns poetic and dark-humoured, this is a travel guide quite like no other. Damien Rudd is the founder of the hugely popular Instagram account @sadtopographies.



The Immeasurable World

The Immeasurable World Author William Atkins
ISBN-10 9780385539890
Release 2018-07-24
Pages 368
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In the classic literary tradition of Bruce Chatwin and Geoff Dyer, a rich and exquisitely written account of travels in eight deserts on five continents that evokes the timeless allure of these remote and forbidding places. One-third of the earth's surface is classified as desert. Restless, unhappy in love, and intrigued by the Desert Fathers who forged Christian monasticism in the Egyptian desert, William Atkins decided to travel in eight of the world's driest, hottest places: the Empty Quarter of Oman, the Gobi Desert and Taklamakan deserts of northwest China, the Great Victoria Desert of Australia, the man-made desert of the Aral Sea in Kazkahstan, the Black Rock and Sonoran Deserts of the American Southwest, and Egypt's Eastern Desert. Each of his travel narratives effortlessly weaves aspects of natural history, historical background, and present-day reportage into a compelling tapestry that reveals the human appeal of these often inhuman landscapes.



North

North Author Bronte Aurell
ISBN-10 9781781317389
Release 2017-09-07
Pages 254
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‘Why are Scandinavians constantly topping the happiness table?’ ‘How do you get more Scandi-style in your life?’ ‘Just how do you use lagom?’ Like her viking ancestors before her, Brontë Aurell left Denmark to explore the world beyond home shores and in her travels has come to understand the fascination with her kinfolk, as well as seeing the idiosyncrasies of the Scandinavian lifestyle that locals take for granted. Whether you want your apartment to look like it belongs in Copenhagen, to workout like a Norwegian or adapt to saunas like a Swede, this is the ultimate insider’s guide to the countries of the Nørth. Full of inspiration and ideas, how tos and recipes to help you experience the very best of Scandinavian design, philosophy, cookery and culture. With a signature wit and a keen eye for detail, travel alongside Bronte through fjords and mountains, farmlands and cities to better understand these three nations and what makes each one so unique. So get outdoors, learn the life lesson that there's no such thing as bad weather (only bad clothing) and you may discover your inner Scandi sooner than you think.



Formula One The Pursuit of Speed

Formula One  The Pursuit of Speed Author Maurice Hamilton
ISBN-10 9781781316498
Release 2016-11-03
Pages 272
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The adrenaline-fueled, high-octane world of Formula One has created some of the greatest moments in sporting history. Its infamous circuits have played host to intense rivalries that have produced moments of tragedy and triumph that read like a film script. Since the 1950s, Bernard Cahier and his son, Paul- Henri, have been trackside capturing the drama of the Formula One Championships. Their stunning photographs chronicle both the changing face of the teams and their cars, from Lotus and Cooper to Williams and Ferrari, and of course the legendary drivers who have pushed their machines and themselves to the limits. Formula One correspondent Maurice Hamilton brings the stories behind these photographs to life; from the charismatic rivalries of Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss and the highly competitive Championship battles of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, through to the historic tales of Monaco’s winding course and the atmospheric crowds of Monza. With over 300 photographs – from the 1950s to the present day – all from The Cahier Archive and many previously unpublished, The Pursuit of Speed is the ultimate celebration of Formula One.



Climbing Beyond

Climbing Beyond Author James Pearson
ISBN-10 9781781317143
Release 2017-10-05
Pages 224
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From historic rock-faces to never-before summited peaks, this stunning visual book brings to life the incredible experience of climbing hard and climbing high. Whether it is scaling the world’s most challenging peaks, bouldering on epic rock faces or hanging underneath the cavernous crags spread out along the ocean, rock-climbing is one of the world’s most exciting sports. From the most beautiful routes in the UK, France and America, to deep-water soloing in Majorca and opening new lines in South Africa, James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini, two of rock-climbing’s biggest stars, take you to the sport’s most iconic, unusual and daring destinations. With stunning photography showcasing rock-climbing’s various styles and landscapes, each entry also includes expert tips, grading details and intricate topography of specific routes or sectors. Perfect for the avid and aspiring climber, Climbing Beyond is a beautiful homage to the sport of rock-climbing and an inspiration to anyone who has ever dreamt of chalking up their hands and taking on the world’s epic rock faces.



Idaho Discovered

Idaho Discovered Author Kirk Anderson
ISBN-10 0922029938
Release 2000
Pages 240
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Within its borders, Idaho is a land of extremes. From desert moonscape to towering peaks that spawn a thousand rivers; from urban sprawl to places scarcely trod by humankind. It's a young land, where antiques are only fifty years old. Its mountains are so young they periodically remind us of their growing pains. Much of Idaho is best described as, "You can't get there from here." We are as back woods as it gets where we touch the Canadian border, and in our capitol city, as urbane as we wish to be. It is, by and large, still pure, still innocent, still wild - full of wonder and the unexpected. Kirk Anderson voyaged Idaho's every crevice to discover this untamed country through his photography. This collection equally represents every region of the state, with images that capture the light and color of Idaho's unique scenery. Anderson's inspiration is found in the elements of nature, and his spectacular photography is the reward of his skill and patience while waiting for light, seasons, and weather to work their magic.