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Mysteries of the Gobi : searching for wild camels and lost cities in the heart of Asia

Author: John Hare
Publisher: London : I.B. Tauris, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Gobi is the largest, coldest and driest desert in Asia. Once part of the great Mongol Empire and home to many of the legendary Silk Road cities, its inhospitable sands have been inhabited for centuries and parts of it have been crossed by some of history's most famed explorers. Despite this, the Gobi remains a place of mystery." "With the conservation of this elusive creature in mind, John Hare was inspired to  Read more...
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Named Person: John Hare; John Hare
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Hare
ISBN: 9781845115128 1845115120
OCLC Number: 236120414
Description: xv, 237 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm
Responsibility: John Hare.

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The Gobi is the largest, coldest and driest desert in Asia. Its shifting sands conceal ancient cities, 3,000-year-old mummies, dinosaur bones and areas where no man has set foot. This title tells the  Read more...

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"'[a] terrific story of wild camels, Kazakh migrations, ancient mummies, lost cities, gold miners and oil speculators. 'Mysteries of the Gobi' is an exciting and important account of modern-day Read more...

 
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