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Wild Asia: Spirit of a Continent Hardcover – August 30, 2000


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This photographic essay is a tribute to the wildlife and natural habitats of Asia. The earth's largest continent offers a wide range of climates and geographic areas, from rainforests and tropical islands to barren deserts and the frozen Arctic. Each area has its own indigenous plants and animal and insect species, which are beautifully recorded here by two leading natural history and wildlife photographers, Art Wolfe and Konrad Wothe. The photographs are accompanied by brief but informative captions, and each chapter begins with a captivating essay about the area. What results is chiefly a visual tour, but the careful reader will get a good feel for the vast geography and geology of Asia. Throughout the text is a concern for the environment and the vanishing and endangered wildlife habitats. Asian wildlife is rarely photographed to the extent found here, and this book introduces some rare and unusual species. Release of this volume will be accompanied by a major publicity campaign and a ten-part Wild Asia series on the Discovery Channel. Thus, the book will attract considerable attention and is recommended for purchase where interest warrants.DDeborah Emerson, Monroe Community Coll., Rochester, NY
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Though published to accompany an upcoming documentary series on the Discovery Channel, Wild Asia stands alone as an introduction to the tremendous diversity in the flora and fauna of Asia. The largest of the continents (bigger than North, Central and South America combined), Asia is also the youngest, consisting of several large fragments that collided over geologic time to create one. This vast area experiences the widest climactic extremes on the planet, which coupled with the varied terrain supports an enormous range of wild plants and animals. The book explores the continent region by region. Showcased in all of their richness are areas as disparate as the Himalayas, home of the world's highest peaks and one of its rarest animals, the snow leopard; the Indian subcontinent, ruled by the monsoon rains; and the deserts of Mongolia, where roam the last wild horses and camels. The magnificent photographs are the strength of the book, picturing species both familiar (tigers, elephants, Komodo dragons) and unfamiliar (Rafflesia, the world's largest flower) in the vast diversity of the continent. Good photographs of Asian plants and animals can be difficult to come by, and the beautiful landscape portraits further sell a book that will fill a gap in most libraries' natural history collections. Nancy Bent
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (August 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565548272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565548275
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.5 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,151,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Brazil (1955~) was born in Worcestershire, England, and has lived in Scotland and New Zealand, but currently resides in Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island.

Educated at Keele and Stirling Universities, he has been writing since the late 1970s. Since 1982 his column Wild Watch has been published in The Japan Times newspaper, his is now the longest running single author natural history column in the world.

Mark's books include: A Birdwatcher's Guide to Japan, Birds of Japan, Wild Asia, The Whooper Swan and Field Guide to the Birds of East Asia. More about his writings and work can be found at http://www.japannatureguides.com/

Mark is an active field naturalist, and is a frequent lecturer and leader for Zegrahm Expeditions (http://www.zeco.com) worldwide. He is the founder of Japan Nature Guides and leads many birdwatching, natural history and photographic tours throughout Japan.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "aeroplane1179" on February 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was a great buy for me. Although it is very general as animals and plants go, it opens up the wonder of Asia to the reader. Its pictures are extremely magnificent; they are the main focus of the book. It is said a picture tells a thousand words, and it is very true for this book. The color and great shots are just as good as it gets, next to being there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Wild Asia: Spirit of a Continent is a beautiful oblong title providing a visual journey through the Asian wildlife world based on an international television series by the Natural History New Zealand. Enjoy color photos and a variety of writers who focus on their regional knowledge of Asia, from the Arctic tundra to central Asia. An exceptional visual display blends with nature insights.
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In the depths of Indian jungle, atop the ruins of an ancient temple, a lone Tyger waits. What's he waiting for? Another Tyger of course! From this rain drenched forest in India, to the high plains of the Tibetan plateau, to the frozen wastes of Siberia, you can view the many wonders of nature in Wild Asia. There is no one author for this beautiful coffee-table book, but it does have at least 12 contributing scientist/photographers that put it all together. The book is based on a 9 part TV documentary under the same name, produced by a New Zealand film company called "Natural History New Zealand". I've never seen the documentary but if this book is any indication then the film has to be great. The text portion of the book is in the form of 11 short essays, each one written by one of the contributors. These essays introduce you to the different realms of the Asian sub-continent and provide you with a biological overview for each one of them. The accompanying photos throughout the book are some of the best I've ever seen. Arctic tundra, Gobi- "the waterless place", tropical rainforest of Sumatra and the Himalayan mountains are some of the scenic wonders you'll see. There are more animals than you can count: Asian lions, Komodo Dragons, orangutans, musk-ox and reticulated pythons. Some of the creatures are quite common, others are very rare, and there are even a few species new to science. If you'r at all interested in the natural world and in nature photography you just might find something worth remembering in this amazing book.

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