Journeys Through the World's Driest Desert

By Howard M Beck

Travel, Environment & nature | eBook


The Atacama and parts of the Altiplano of South America is the driest desert on earth, comprising 181,000 square kilometres of ancient lava flows, sand and blinding salt pans spanning northern Chile, southern Peru and southwest Bolivia. It is a place so very hot and so dreadfully dry that if you were to spy a half dozen blades of grass it would be a prairie. The Chilean statesman, Vicuña McKenna, once described the Atacama as the ‘Silent land of Death’. This very readable account will ‘transport the reader though terrain compared to that of Mars: landscapes the colour of a Dead Sea Scroll, volcanoes, fumaroles, geysers, lagoons in electrifying colours and the Desierto de Dali, a landscape so out-of-this world it might have been shipped in specially from elsewhere in the Solar System. There are enigmatic petroglyphs, major porphyry copper and gold deposits and the world’s oldest mummies.


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The Atacama and parts of the Altiplano of South America is the driest desert on earth, comprising 181,000 square kilometres of ancient lava flows, sand and blinding salt pans spanning northern Chile, southern Peru and southwest Bolivia. It is a place so very hot and so dreadfully dry that if you were to spy a half dozen blades of grass it would be a prairie. The Chilean statesman, Vicuña McKenna, once described the Atacama as the ‘Silent land of Death’. This very readable account will ‘transport the reader though terrain compared to that of Mars: landscapes the colour of a Dead Sea Scroll, volcanoes, fumaroles, geysers, lagoons in electrifying colours and the Desierto de Dali, a landscape so out-of-this world it might have been shipped in specially from elsewhere in the Solar System. ...


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The author has been a writer and photographer for over 30 years and written almost as many books, on topics such as adventure and exploration, local, natural and aeronautical history, landscape photography, travel, walking and self-help



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