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.