Atlas of Vanishing Places by Travis Elborough

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Maps offer us the chance to see not just how our world appears today, but how it once looked. Travis Elborough takes us on a voyage in search of the disappearing, submerged and lost landscapes and manmade wonders that have vanished from modern atlases. Discover ancient seats of power and long-forgotten civilizations: the Mayan city of Palenque, the uncanny stone age remains of Skara Brae on Orkney and the Chan Chan of Peru.

From the Glacier National Park in Montana to the Congo Basin and the Chihuahuan Desert in Mexico, Travis Elborough shines a light on extraordinary landscapes under threat. With beautiful maps and photography, Atlas of Vanishing Places is a timely reminder of the fragility of our relationship with the world around us and a clarion call to preserve what remains.

Also in the Unexpected Atlas series: Atlas of Improbable Places, Atlas of Untamed Places, Atlas of the Unexpected.

Biographical note

Described as one of the countrys finest pop culture historians, Travis Elborough is an acclaimed author and social commentator who lives in London. His work delves into the ephemera of retro culture as well as the history of London, geography, and a broad range of other subjects. His Atlas of Vanishing Places won the Illustrated Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards in 2020, and he has also written The Bus We Loved, a passionate love letter to the Routemaster bus which defined London transport for more than 50 years. His other works include A Traveller's Year, A London Year, The Long-Player Goodbye, Being A Writer and A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People's Institution. Travis is a regular contributor to Radio 4 and the Guardian, and has penned articles on all aspects of travel and culture, from pirates in the Caribbean to donkeys at the British seaside. He has written for the Times, Sunday Times, New Statesman, BBC History Magazine and Kinfolk among others, and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster, where he teaches creative writing.Travis Elborough is an acclaimed author and social commentator, regularly contributing to BBC Radio 4 and the Guardian. He is the author of Atlas of Improbable Places, Atlas of the Unexpected and Atlas of Forgotten Places alongside numerous popular culture histories including Wish You Were Here: England on Sea and Through the Looking Glasses: The Spectacular Life of Spectacles.