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This text accompanies a four-part TV series in which Nick Middleton spends a month in the world's coldest, hottest, wettest and driest inhabited places. Nick Middleton considers why people settled in these palces, how they manage to live under such difficult conditions, and why on earth they stay. Coldest: Oymyakon in Siberia where the average winter temperature is 47 degrees below zero and the air turns to ice as it hits the air. Hottest: Daloi in Ethiopia where the temperature remains at 94 degrees all year round. Wettest: Mawsynram in India where during the dry season there is a water shortage. Driest: Arica in Chile which has had 14 consecutive years without rain and the only source of water is fog collected in nets stretched across the desert.
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In Going to Extremes, Nick Middleton, a travel writer with a penchant for some of the more bizarre outposts of human habitation, ventures to the hottest, driest, coldest, and wettest inhabited places on Earth. He wants to know not only how people manage to live in these places, but also why they settled there in the first place. And, most intriguing of all—why they stay. He follows Stalin’s “Road of Bones” across Siberia’s icy wilderness to the world’s coldest town, then crosses the world’s oldest desert, the Atacama, to visit its driest. He descends into the cauldron of the Danakil Depression to suffer the searing intensity of an Ethiopian summer, then wades through the Indian monsoon to reach the world’s rainiest hills. Whether he’s risking castration in “the hell hole of creation” or facing the trauma of giant vampire slugs, Nick Middleton’s account of his journey to the edge is never less than fascinating.About the Author:
Nick Middleton is a geography lecturer at Oxford University, specialising in deserts, and has written four travel books: The Last Disco in Outer Mongolia, Kalashnikovs and Zombie Cucumbers, Travels as a Brussels Scout and Ice Tea and Elvis.
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Book Description Channel 4 Books, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110752220160