Academic journal article Geography

Desert: Nature and Culture

Academic journal article Geography

Desert: Nature and Culture

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Desert: Nature and Culture Roslynn Haynes London: Reaktion Books, 2014 248pp, 15x21cm

Hb: £14.95, ISBN 978-1-78023-169-3 Roslynn Haynes covers a lot of ground: a broad introduction; a listing of biological adaptations; cultures; prehistory; religions; explorers and travellers; deserts in art; the future. The book is well produced on heavy paper, with many excellent illustrations (but no diagrams). The best sections, which move beyond description to evaluation, are those on the travellers and explorers, and desert art.

There are major lacunae: the specifics of climate; geomorphology, for example of dunes, the desert's most distinctive feature, to both of which many cultures have fascinating adaptations; deeper ecology (for example the emergence of CAM plants). The anthropology of some groups (the IKung and the Australian aboriginals) is much better covered than that of others, particularly the modern Bedouin. The Antarctic sits there awkwardly. …

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