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The World’s Most Famous Deserts: The History and Legacy of the Sahara Desert, Gobi Desert, and Mojave Desert

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The World’s Most Famous Deserts: The History and Legacy of the Sahara Desert, Gobi Desert, and Mojave Desert

The World’s Most Famous Deserts: The History and Legacy of the Sahara Desert, Gobi Desert, and Mojave Desert by Charles River Editors
English | December 5, 2018 | ISBN: N/A | ASIN: B07L5SYLP5 | 185 pages | EPUB | 7.28 Mb

*Includes pictures
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

They say that one is subjected to a sobering sample of what can only be described as an existential crisis when traversing the golden and seemingly infinite terrain of the Sahara Desert. If one climbed any of the countless sand dunes and twirled around in a place, particularly under the starlit sky, they would scarcely be able to tell east from west without a compass, for there would be nothing but dizzying carpets of indistinguishable sand hills unfurling into the distant horizon. Daunting thoughts of purpose and self-worth aside, people fortunate enough to visit this sandy wonderland via a heavy-duty SUV, or more traditionally a hired camel caravan, are treated to a truly breathtaking sight. The wave-like ripples caressing the beautiful collection of irregularly shaped sand dunes, some barely half a story and others close to 600 feet in height, are as unique as the etchings on one's fingertips. To some, they are Mother Nature's stretch marks. To others, the wind-prompted patterns might conjure up an image of a god with a rake in hand, whistling carelessly and combing through the gritty grains of sand, as one would with a miniature zen garden to melt away their stresses.

In August of 2008, London-based Jane Macartney published this striking description of the Gobi Desert in The Times: “On the Mongolian steppes, the emptiness and the silence inspire awe. From time to time, a huge, tawny eagle drifts on the breeze, watching for small animals to snatch amid the grasses. The only movement on the ground comes from the flocks of sheep and goats, yaks and cattle that roam, heads down, as they much their way across the grasslands…” Alongside this stunning and therapeutic view of the grassland critters are a smattering of white yurts which belonged to the Mongolian nomads who now inhabit the land. Gazing upon the rest of the Gobi, furnished with rolling plains, sweeping steppes, cragged mountains, and singing sand dunes, the desert instills in one a similar sense of inner peace. In fact, these Kodak scenes are so picture-perfect that it is almost impossible to imagine the adventurous discoveries, devastating wars, colorful commerce, and dramatically different landscape that once appeared in its place.

The Mojave Desert, otherwise known as the “High Desert,” is the smallest of the deserts in the North American continent, nestled between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, two of the most frequented tourist capitals in the country. That being said, this unassuming, yet mesmerizing desert is visited by millions each year, with over 2 million people flocking to Joshua Tree Park alone, for this diverse terrain is built on the back of a rich and unique history, be they real or fictitious.

The World’s Most Famous Deserts: The History and Legacy of the Sahara Desert, Gobi Desert, and Mojave Desert examines the history of each desert, from their origins to their ecology and inhabitants. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the deserts like never before.

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