By Martin Williams
In this ebook, the writer describes in basic, non-technical phrases the adventures he has skilled in the course of his paintings as an earth scientist in a number of the distant components of the arid and semi-arid international. His objective in penning this concise account of a few of the paintings he has been desirous about over the last fifty years is to aim to show to the non-specialist a number of the pleasure and enjoyable thinking about fieldwork within the drier areas of the realm. His experiences of the soils, landforms and the new geological historical past of arid and semi-arid areas have taken Martin Williams to a few striking areas in Africa, Asia, Australia and the center East. not just are the landscapes themselves usually stunningly appealing, however the touch with humans from particularly diversified backgrounds and cultures has been an enriching adventure. His paintings has taken him to areas faraway the overwhelmed song, even if it's the rugged mountains of Ethiopia and northern China, the sandy deserts of the Sahara and Rajasthan, or the good river valleys of Somalia, imperative India and the Nile. The chapters that persist with usually are not meant to shape a coherent chronological narrative, even supposing they do seem in tough chronological order. they need to otherwise be seen as vignettes or short evocative descriptions, a lot as within the discursive culture of the wandering Irish storytellers. performing on the primary that it's not essential to be solemn to be critical, the writer goals to entertain in addition to to instruct.