English | February 15, 2015 | ISBN: 1780233604 | EPUB | 400 pages | 34.4 MB
Lands of extremes, contrasts and constant change, deserts cover a quarter of our planet’s land area and are home to some half a billion people. ‘The desert’ as an idea has long captured the Western imagination, but too often in ways that fail to grasp the true scope and diversity ofthese spaces. Misconceptions and misrepresentations also abound about the realities of the lives of people for whom the desert is home. Deserts are landscapes of the mind as much as physical realities – they are places of metaphor and myth.