Atlas of Improbable Places

A Journey to the World’s Most Unusual Corners
Travis Elborough and Alan Horsfield
Published by Aurum Books

A new atlas casting light on some of the globe’s quirkiest destinations. Published by Aurum Books.

Abandoned spy stations, utopian cities, nuclear bunkers, the ‘Door to Hell’ – welcome to the world’s most extraordinary places. Your guides are the author Travis Elborough and cartographer Alan Horsfield, who demonstrate that even in today’s internet-dominated world there are still myriad obscure and bizarre places to explore.

Discover the relics of ancient cities such as Ani, a once-thriving metropolis lost to conquered lands, and the church tower of San Juan Parangaricuto, miraculously standing as the sole survivor of a town sunk by lava. Descend into the labyrinths of Berlin, Beijing and Canada's Moose Jaw to discover underground realms variously used dug for refuge, espionage and playgrounds for gangsters trading liquor. Then be amazed by the freaks and wonders of nature's own unusual masterpieces, from the magical underground river shaped like a dragon's mouth in the Philippines to Wrangel, an Arctic island floating in time.

Elborough tells the remarkable stories of all these improbable destinations, which are illustrated with beautiful maps and black-and-white photography. Perfect to read in one thrilling journey or to dip into at any time, this is a book to inspire and challenge us to consider new ways of understanding our world.

224 pages
Over 100 maps and photographs
259mm x 185mm
Published by Aurum Books

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