Magazine article Geographical

Water: Exploring the Blue Planet

Magazine article Geographical

Water: Exploring the Blue Planet

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WATER: Exploring the Blue Planet

by Markus Eisl, Gerald Mansberger and Paul Schreilechner; Firefly Books; 30 [pounds sterling] (hardback)

Water is 'the principle of all things', the element from which we came and to which we will return, and is both necessary for and destructive of life--an estimated 700 million people are currently without access to clean drinking water, and recent years have seen floods and tsunamis wreaking immense destruction. In this gorgeously illustrated volume, the authors show how water has shaped the planet, with stunning aerial views of the meander bends the Colorado River has carved through rock, and of the scars--shaped oddly like leaf prints--that ancient water left in Australia's Simpson Desert. There's a vertigo-inducing shot of the North Pole's Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden glacier, and a view of the lagoon of Tongareva, protected by an atoll elevated only a few feet above sea level, that seems an image of a world turned upside down, or as if this were the point where the planet curves. …

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