The Atacama Desert and High Altiplano

By Howard M Beck

Art & photography, Travel, Environment & nature | Hardback


The Atacama — 181,000 square kilometres of ancient lava flows, sand and salt pans — spanning northern Chile, southwest Bolivia and southern Peru, is a place so hot and so dreadfully dry that if you were to spy a half dozen blades of grass it would be a ‘prairie’. Most parts have never seen rainfall in the history of humanity. It is fifty times more arid than the USA’s Death Valley, drier even than the Sahara. The Atacama has been a desert in the making for 200 million years. It is a bleak yet strange world of ancient mummies, of beauty derived from beyond the threshold of experience. This sumptuously illustrated book showcases the stunning landscapes of one of geology’s great ironies: it is the silent land of death. Language: English Pages: 83 Size: 25 x 21 cm Illustrations: 109 colour plates Published: 2012



The author has been a freelance writer and photographer for over 40 years. During this time he has been a regular contributor of illustrated features to local and national magazines. His work also appears in tourism-promotion, advertising and calendars. To date he has produced almost 30 books on themes such as adventure and exploration, local, natural and aeronautical history, walking, travel, self-help and landscape photography. Combining his love of travel and adventure with photography, has enabled him to take some stunning images in all landforms: tropic, deserts, the Patagonian steppes and the Arctic, in countries such as Papua New Guinea, Chile, Bolivia, Iceland, France, Argentina, Norway, Australia.


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The author has been a freelance writer and photographer for over 40 years. During this time he has been a regular contributor of illustrated features to local and national magazines. His work also appears in tourism-promotion, advertising and calendars. To date he has produced almost 30 books on themes such as adventure and exploration, local, natural and aeronautical history, walking, travel, sel...


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