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No Ordinary Land: Encounters in a Changing Environment

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Photographs by Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee. Aperture, 1998. 108pp. £25

The instability of our planet pervades No Ordinary Land. Forces that shape the landscape are at their most intense in stunning colour photographs of, for instance, a boiling mud pool in an Icelandic wasteland or lava flowing into the sea from a Hawaiian volcano. But throughout the book are (often incongruous) reminders of human intervention: a mountain-top satellite antenna, a shrine by a Costa Rican waterfall, jeep trails in the desert near Palm Springs. Above: The Blue Lagoon - a Svartsengi geothermal hot-water pumping station in Iceland.

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