A voyage to places both infamous and unknown that have, often by chance or by haphazard means, been destinations of discovery that make up our world today.
From the fortuitous discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls, to the savvy invention of Vaseline at an American oil rig, Atlas of the Unexpected uncovers the most astounding and bizarre discoveries which have been unearthed on our planet. Spanning centuries and reaching all around the globe, each entry provides key information, wittily observed, and is accompanied by specially-drawn maps that illuminate the geographical oddities of each discovery.
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Series: Unexpected Atlases
01 November 2018
Accidental Discoveries 1. Madeira Islands, Madeira 2. Galapagos Island, Ecuador 3. Titusville, Pennsylvania, USA 4. Qumran Caves, West Bank, Israel 5. Pompeii, Naples, Italy 6. Coober Pedy, South Australia 7. Machu Picchu, Machupicchu District, Peru 8. Derinkuyu Underground City, Cappadocia, Turkey 9. Monk's Mound, Illinois, USA 10. Fly Geyser, Nevada, USA Strange Roots 11. Savannah, Georgia, USA 12. Freetown, Sierra Leone 13. Freshkills Park, New York City, USA 14. Fort House, Leith, Scotland 15. Buzludzha Monument, Central Balkan Mountains, Bulgaria 16. Chess City, Elista, Russia 17. Gibsonton, Florida, USA 18. Town of Murals, Sheffield, Tasmania 19. Fordlandia. Para, Brazil 20. Nowa Huta, Krakow, Poland Haphazard Destinations 21. Neft Daslari, Baku, Azerbaijan 22. Manshiyat Naser, Cairo, Egypt 23. Caleta Tortel, Capitan Prat Province, Chile 24. Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India 25. Just Enough Room Island, Wellesley Island, New York, USA 26. Korowai Tree Houses, Kia, Indonesia 27. Monemvasia, Laconia, Greece 28. Spiegelhalter Jewellery and Clock Shop, London, UK 29. Cliff of Bandiagara, Mopti Region, Mali 30. Uros Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru Cavenous Locations 31. Lascaux Caves, Montignac, France 32. Xuankong Si, Shanxi Province, China 33. Matmata, Tunisia 34. Aogashima, Philippine Sea, Japan 35. Movile Cave, Constanta County, Romania 36. The Petrifying Well, Knareborough, Yorkshire, UK Serendipitous Spaces 37. Zhangye Danxia Landform, Zhangye, China 38. Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California, USA 39. Lake Hillier, Western Australia, Australia 40. Gruner See, Styria, Austria 41. Tashirojima, Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan 42. Slope Point, South Island, New Zealand 43. Grand Tsingy, Melaky, Madagascar 44. Hitachi Seaside Park, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan 45. Canfranc Station, Canfranc, Spain
TRAVIS ELBOROUGH is an author. His books include Atlas of Improbable Places, an international bestseller and Atlas of the Unexpected is the third book in this series.
Reviews for Atlas of the Unexpected: Haphazard discoveries, chance places and unimaginable destinations
British author Travis Elborough's new Atlas of the Unexpected: Haphazard Discoveries, Chance Places and Unimaginable Destinations features dozens of locations with potential to excite the interest of even the most jaded traveller....the writer's nose for detail and knack for storytelling make for first-class armchair travel. * South China Morning Post * Travis Elborough writes about a wide range of subjects with originality, learning and charm. Atlas of the Unexpected...is seductively beautiful: an inspiring, dream-inducing guide to almost four dozen haphazard discoveries, chance places and unimaginable destinations ... David Kynaston, New Statesman best books of 2018 -- David Kynaston * New Statesman *