Desert Air by George Steinmetz Abrams, 2012 (($60))
Shooting from his one-seat motorized paraglider, geophysicist-turned-photographer Steinmetz spent 15 years documenting the world's “hyperarid regions”—areas that get fewer than four inches of precipitation a year. The result is a coffee-table book of stunning images that also serves as a sober scientific exploration of the nature of these extreme environments.
This article was originally published with the title "Recommended: Desert Air" in Scientific American 307, 6, 82 (December 2012)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Anna Kuchment is a contributing editor at Scientific American and a staff science writer at the Dallas Morning News. Previously a reporter, writer and editor with Newsweek magazine, she is also author of The Forgotten Cure, which is about bacteriophage viruses and their potential as weapons against antibiotic resistance.