Mountains from space: peaks and ranges of the seven continents

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Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, Oct 1, 2005 - Nature - 244 pages
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Using highly specialized, advanced digital satellite imaging-first made possible in the year 2000 with the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission-this book presents an astounding collection of images of the Earth's mountain ranges carefully compiled over the course of five years by the German Remote Sensing Data Center. Now available to the public for the first time here, the most majestic peaks on all seven continents are visible as they never would be to the naked eye-in views taken from 500 to 15 miles above the Earth that reveal the entire mountain range at once, unobstructed by clouds, haze, and the refraction of light. Mountains from Spaceis much more than a collection of extraordinary pictures; it is a serious work of nonfiction about every important aspect of these fascinating geological formations, from their genesis by volcanic activity to their specific sociological features. Contributions by esteemed scientists and mountaineers alike highlight this provocative study of our planet Earth.

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This oversized volume (11" x 11") is remarkable owing to the sheer number, quality, and range of photographs presented. Working with a team of academics and mountaineers, among them Messner, Dech ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Professor Stefan Dech holds a teaching chair for remote exploration at the University of W]rzburg, Germany.

REINHOLD MESSNER is a world-renowned mountaineer and explorer.