The Atlas of True Names reveals the etymological roots, or original meanings, of the familiar terms on today's maps of the World, Europe, the British Isles and the United States. For instance, where you would normally expect to see the Sahara indicated, the Atlas gives you "The Tawny One", derived from Arab. es-sahra “the fawn coloured, desert”. The 'True Names' of 3000 cities, countries, rivers, oceans and mountain ranges
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While studying architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, Alex MacLean took a course on community planning that would ultimately change the course of his destiny. As part of the program, he became exposed to aerial photography and a few years after he graduated, he obtained his commercial pilot license. Shooting through an airplane window, MacLean found mesmerizing patterns, bringing to light order and chaos in ways we could only imagine. More than anything, MacLean's photos record change that's not just brought on by nature but, more interestingly, by human intervention.
As a National Geographic photographer since 1995, Stephen Alvarez has explored our world in ways most of us can only imagine. His global stories have won him numerous awards and taken him to amazing places, much like our all-time favorite photographer, Steve McCurry . Over the past fifteen years, Alvarez chronicled the world's unseen landscapes and then called the series Earth from Below . His journeys took him to the world's deepest cave in Abkhazia on the border with Russia and made him curious enough to explore the treasures right underneath his feet. Alvarez recently spoke about these incredible experiences at The Annnenberg Space for Photography.
High on Vulcan Misti Arequipa, Peru. Photo by Ross Borden Memorable travel quotes are like messages found on the beach; beautiful, timeless, and read at just the right moment. **UPDATE 12/19/11: Partly inspired by this article and its thousands of readers, Matador has published our first book, No Foreign Lands .
Rano Kau volcano in Rapa Nui National Park, Easter Island, Chile – Photograph by YANN ARTHUS BERTRAND For me, the allure of aerial photography is the unique perspective it gives. The world feels so different when viewed from above. It always gives me a newfound appreciation for this pale blue dot we call home. In my opinion, there is no better aerial photographer than Yann Arthus Bertrand .