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National Geographic Expeditions Atlas (2000)

by National Geographic Society

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(Foreword) An early childhood spent among the physical and biological wonders of northern California soon led me to treasured copies of National Geographic - copies that led me well before I was ten years old to appreciate Roy Chapman Andrews's motorized expeditions of the Gobi, the variety of butterflies in the United States and the thrill of collecting and understanding them, animals on the plains of Africa, the awesome beauty of the world's polar regions, and even an introductory glimpse of the tropical rain forests that would occupy so much of my attention later in adult life.
(Introduction) Perhaps today - perhaps next year - a one-passenger sumarine named DeepWorker will slip into saltwater and head toward the ocean floor, a tool for new scientific discoveries.
"Had there been wind, would not be talking to you now," said Barry C. Bishop, one of six men who achieved the summit of Mount Everest in May 1963, as part of the first successful American expedition to the world's highest peak.
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Nothing can replace courage, a resounding motivation and that little bit of luck. - Mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary
What the ice takes, the ice keeps. - Polar explorer Ernest Shackleton
We have achieved the craziest of our crazy dreams. - Balloonist Bertrand Piccard
Always there has been an adventure just around the corner - and the world is still full of corners! - Naturalist Roy Chapman Andrews
To dive in the ocean is to immerse yourself in living history... - Marine biologist Sylvia Earle
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0792276167, Hardcover)

No matter where you go, someone had to be there first. The National Geographic Expeditions Atlas looks at more than 100 years of National Geographic Society-funded or -chronicled explorations to the poles, undersea, skyward, and into our past. Though it contains plenty of maps from many eras covering small and large scales, the book is more a beautifully illustrated travelogue of adventure than an atlas proper; few will complain, however. The photography is transcendent, skimming the very best of National Geographic's deservedly respected work to reveal the depths of ice caves, the heights of Everest, never-before-recorded ruins, and hundreds of exhausted explorers. Even the most thoroughgoing stay-at-homes will find themselves pining for the fjords as they read the exploits of the daredevils and scientists who roam the frontiers or create new ones. The writing is subdued, but it pays careful attention to details, humanizing the men and women involved and bringing their day-to-day struggles to vibrant life. Jacques Cousteau, Theodore Roosevelt, Louis and Mary Leakey, Amelia Earhart, Jane Goodall, and John Glenn are some of the famous names on the roster of National Geographic explorers--and the introductory timeline highlights an encouraging trend toward more and more adventurers and expeditions as the years advance. The more you read, the more tempted you'll be to join them yourself. --Rob Lightner

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