Extreme Earth
by Michael Martin
Abrams, 2015 (($85))

Landscapes of undulating sand dunes and barren ice fields, and the diverse and hardy people who populate such harsh environments, fill this large-format book. Photographer Martin traveled to some of Earth's most unforgiving terrains, making more than 40 trips between 2009 and 2015. He portrays here the vast beauty of four climate zones: the Arctic, the Antarctic, and the deserts of the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere. “I hope that this book will not only provide knowledge,” Martin writes in the preface, “but also awaken an enthusiasm for and understanding of the extreme regions of Earth, many of which are still untouched and thus all the more necessary to preserve.”