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Gobi : tracking the desert

Author: John Man
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 1999.
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"The Gobi desert in Mongolia has long been considered a wasteland of searing heat, polar cold, and brutal sandstorms. The collapse of communism gave John Man a long-awaited chance to travel through the Gobi. Retracing the steps of early explorers, living with herdsmen, and drawing on the most recent scientific work, he has now created the first accessible portrait of this little-known wilderness." "Man describes the  Read more...
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Named Person: John Man
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Man
ISBN: 0300076096 9780300076097
OCLC Number: 41223981
Notes: Originally published: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1997.
Description: xii, 212 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: 1 Into the Void 1 --
2 A Camel, a Bear and a Baby Gazelle 21 --
3 The Domain of the Snow Leopard 37 --
4 A Sacred Mountain 56 --
5 The Return of the Native 70 --
6 The Three Beauties 95 --
7 The Flaming Cliffs 124 --
8 Cretaceous Park 150 --
9 Night on a Bare Mountain 171 --
10 Bridging the Inland Sea 188.
Responsibility: John Man.

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"The Gobi desert in Mongolia has long been considered a wasteland of searing heat, polar cold, and brutal sandstorms. The collapse of communism gave John Man a long-awaited chance to travel through the Gobi. Retracing the steps of early explorers, living with herdsmen, and drawing on the most recent scientific work, he has now created the first accessible portrait of this little-known wilderness." "Man describes the Gobi's national parks (one of which is the second largest in the world), its snowcapped mountains, sandstone canyons, towering dunes, and "singing sands." He tells us about its ephemeral snow leopards, its desert bears (only some of which survive), and the world's only species of wild horse. He relates exciting stories of earlier expeditions, many of them American-led. In concluding chapters Man captures the ancient land of the Gobi on the brink of change, as research intensifies, the population increases, the herdsmen become owners of motorbikes, and the pressure on wildlife grows."--BOOK JACKET.

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