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UNSEEN EXTREMES: MAPPING THE WORLD'S GREATEST MOUNTAINS Reinhold Messner 2016 1st edition 3 copies available
By Messner, Reinhold, Stefan Dech
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2016, 1st edition. 240 pp, 198 color photos.

Awe-inspiring views of high peaks as they have never been seen before, using cutting-edge satellite technology

Mountains have long been viewed as places of beauty and faith, challenge and discovery. Now this unique book presents the earth’s extremes in an entirely new way. Using high-resolution satellite data, scientists from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have created a series of incredibly accurate digital 3D maps of mountain landscapes. These digital terrain models have in turn been used to generate amazing photo-realistic images, creating virtual landscapes seen from previously impossible viewpoints in an unprecedented degree of detail.

Unseen Extremes features 13 of the world’s greatest mountains, chosen not only for their magnificence but because they also offer a condensed history of mountaineering, packed with tales of historic ascents and new routes, tragic failures and memorable moments.

The milestones of mountain exploration are presented alongside maps, infographics and profiles that bring the traits of each mountain to life, while location photographs and first-hand accounts by climbers past and present complete the dazzling picture.

Science, technology, history and geography are brought together with an unassailable passion for adventure, opening up a whole new perspective on the planet’s most captivating extremes.

Features:

Kailash
Mont Blanc
Matterhorn
Ushba
Denali
Aconcagua
Nanda Devi
Mount Everest
K2
Dhaulagiri
Nanga Parbat
Annapurna
Masherbrum

Mountains marks a new milestone in Earth observation and Alpine exploration. For the first time, a special recording process and a technique developed at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) allow the satellite recording of three-dimensional views from 300 miles above with a resolution in the range of a few meters. Photo-realistic images are created in this manner from perspectives denied even to mountaineers and helicopter pilots.

In addition to highly accurate detailed models of individual regions, the DLR generates a global three-dimensional elevation model of Earth in unprecedented quality. For this purpose, two German satellites are currently circling the earth at a speed of more than 15,000 miles per hour―separated by a mere 500 feet. Taken together, both techniques offer a detailed view of a world that still pushes human beings to their limits―the mountainous regions of our planet. For this book Reinhold Messner has selected thirteen peaks and routes to feature, as they’ve never been seen before.

This book is larger and heavier than normal so we will request extra postage for USA Prioity Mail or International Mail.

Reinhold Messner, born in South Tyrol in 1944, performed many first ascents, scaled all 14 eight-thousanders, and crossed Greenland and Antarctica on foot. His books have been translated all over the world.

Stefan Dech is director of the German Remote Sensing Data Center at DLR’s Earth Observation Center. Since 2001 he has been holding the Chair for Remote Sensing at the Institute of Geography, University of Wuerzburg. He obtained his doctorate in geography from Wuerzburg University in 1997. He is author of about 200 scientific publications and co-author of the high quality books Planet Earth, Mountains from Space and Global Change.

Nils Sparwasser, an expert on scientific visualization of remote sensing data heads the division “Science Communication and Visualization” at the German Remote Sensing Data Center at DLR’s Earth Observation Center. Together with his team he realized hundreds of animations and films, several exhibitions and three internationally published high quality books–Planet Earth, Mountains from Space and Global Change.

German Aerospace Center (DLR), is a space agency in charge of the German space program on behalf of the federal government. It conducts research and development in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, and security.

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