Atlas Obscura : An Explorer's Guide to the World's Most Unusual Places

Description

Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders-the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvellous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveller as the die-hard adventurer.Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.

Details

Author(s)
Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, Dylan Thuras
Format
Hardback | 480 pages
Dimensions
178 x 254 x 48.26mm | 1,428.82g
Publication date
28 Sep 2016
Publisher
Workman Publishing
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
Full colour photographs throughout
ISBN10
0761169083
ISBN13
9780761169086
Bestsellers rank
1,508

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