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UNESCO Edition
Michael Bright, General Editor; Preface by Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO - All books by this author

U pdated and enhanced with new descriptions of natural wonders selected by UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as World Heritage sites, this beautiful volume takes readers to the most spectacular places on Earth—sights and locations so breathtaking that once seen, they are never forgotten. Among them are:

  • The iconic rocks and pinnacles of the Arizona desert
  • The frozen, majestic Scandinavian archipelagos
  • The secluded Spanish wetlands, home to the world’s few remaining Iberian lynx
  • The fragile reefs of Australia’s coastline, now threatened by global warming
Written and compiled by a team of the world’s most well-traveled writers, ecologists, photographers, and conservationists, 1001 Natural Wonders circumnavigates the globe, traveling to the most outstanding locations our planet has to offer. Readers will take an armchair tour augmented by the explosive rumbling of Caribbean volcanoes, and visit places like Bryce Canyon, Utah, a rugged, dramatic national park located just a few hours’ drive from Salt Lake City. Packed with information on the creation, development, and location of each natural wonder, and describing protected areas and endangered species in detail, this comprehensive guide offers compelling insight into our planet’s priceless resources. It celebrates hundreds of millions of years of the Earth’s turbulent natural history and displays our planet’s beauty, which is our unique heritage. Hundreds of magnificent color photos.


From the reviews:
Praise for the first edition

“…the latest book fad is…the ubiquitous ‘1,001 things to see before you die’ category. It’s Chicken Soup for the Crazed Urbanite soul.”
New York Post, July 23, 2007, Mackenzie Dawson

“This hefty hardback features inviting images on nearly every spread with a brief synopsis of each place. … the visually appealing tome makes a nice addition to your nightstand when you want to dream of places to go.”
—Debbie Harmsen, Car & Travel Magazine, October 2005

About The Authors:
Michael Bright
has produced many programs with the BBC’s Natural History Unit. He and his colleagues are based in Bristol, England, but they scour the globe for stories and images. Bright is the author of over 80 natural history books, including Andes to Amazon: A Guide to South America and the producer of numerous television and radio programs, including the award-winning television series Natural World and Wildlife on BBC One. He has also been editorial consultant on several reference works.

Koichiro Matsuura is Director-General of UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), a specialized United Nations agency committed to promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture. The World Heritage Convention is an international treaty adopted by the member countries of UNESCO in 1972 with the goal of identifying, protecting, and preserving the world’s outstanding cultural and natural heritage for future generations.


Hardcover w/jacket / 960 Pages / 6 1/4 x 8 1/4 / 2009


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