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Discover the earth's most amazing places before they disappear completely.
Disappearing World will take readers on a remarkable journey to the world's most extraordinary and endangered locations. Since 1972, sites of natural, historic, and cultural significance have been designated as World Heritage sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Although World Heritage designation offers some protection, these sites are still at risk today from both natural and man-made causes, such as earthquakes in Peru, civil strife in the Congo, and unsustainable tourism in Cambodia. Disappearing World uncovers the dramatic stories behind 101 of the most remarkable and endangered sites from every corner of the world, including:
- The Great Wall of China
- Kathmandu Valley
- Machu Picchu
- IguaÃ§u National Park
- Tropical Rainforest of Sumatra
- Minaret of Jam
- Historic Istanbul
- GalÃ¡pagos Islands
- Great Barrier Reef
- ...and many more.
A portion of all proceeds will go to support the conservation of World Heritage sites.
About the Author
Alonzo C. Addison currently serves as Special Advisor to the Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. He is also President of the Virtual Heritage Network and Vice President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage. He is on the boards of the European Heritage Network, the ICOMOS Heritage Documentation Committee, and numerous other organizations.
Addison has led field projects at heritage sites from Angkor (Cambodia) to Bagan (Myanmar), Peru to Egypt, and Belize to Bhutan. He holds degrees in engineering, architecture, and computing from Princeton and the University of California at Berkeley and founded Berkeley's Center for Design Visualization. He divides his time between San Francisco and Paris with his wife and two children.
UNESCO's World Heritage mission seeks to identify, protect, and preserve cultural and natural heritage around the world that is considered to be of outstanding universal value.