The desert is a difficult place in which to live. Yet, 13 percent of the world's people live in desert habitats. Spectacular photography highlights this series about the world's major desert systems. Each title focuses on one desert, describing its topography, climate, plant and animal life, unique geographical features, human cultures, and the problems facing the region. The Atacama Desert The Valle de la Luna, or Valley of the Moon, in the Atacama Desert in Chile is considered to be one of the driest places on Earth. Some areas have not received rain for hundreds of years. Its large craters, miles of desolate sand and rocky surfaces, strangely carved rocks, and volcanic peaks make it comparable to the Moon's surface. In fact, the Atacama's soil is so similar to soil samples from Mars that NASA goes to this desert to test its exploration instruments. Marked by geoglyphs, enormous designs scraped into the ground by the ancient Atacame+¦o people, this strange and wondrous place faces many challenges today, mainly from desertification and mining practices. Book jacket.
The Atacama Desert
Crabtree Publishing Company