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Imagining the Atacama Desert : a five hundred year journey of discovery

Author: Richard V Francaviglia
Publisher: Salt Lake City : The University of Utah Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Widely regarded as the driest place on earth, the seemingly desolate Atacama Desert of Chile is a place steeped in intrigue and haunted by collective memories. This book, based on archival research and the author's personal field work, brings together the works of geographers, historians, anthropologists, botanists, geologists, astronomers, novelists, and others to offer a nuanced understanding of this complex  Read more...
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Francaviglia, Richard V.
Imagining the Atacama Desert.
Salt Lake City : The University of Utah Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2017052578
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard V Francaviglia
ISBN: 9781607816119 1607816113
OCLC Number: 1012685711
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 435 pages)
Contents: "A desert picture of great beauty" : an introduction to the Atacama Desert --
"El gran despoblado" : early narratives and images of empire building, ca. 1530-1700 --
"The great desert of Atacama" : the dawn of science, ca. 1700-1865 --
"A centre of enterprise ... and civilisation" : transforming the Atacama Desert, ca. 1865-1945 --
"A playground for scientists and explorers" : the Atacama as exceptional, ca. 1945 to the present --
"Knowledge of the territory" : Atacama discoveries in personal perspective.
Responsibility: Richard V. Francaviglia.

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A geographical, historical, and personal exploration of the world's driest desert  Read more...

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