Think life on earth is intense? Yes, hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis have an extreme way of showing us humans our humble place in the natural order. But for some serious perspective, consider Neptune’s ice-spewing volcanoes, hail made of diamonds and Martian dust devils that are taller than Mount Everest. In their new book, The 50 Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System, authors David Baker and Todd Ratcliff combine a fascination of extreme natural events with the allure of outer space. Forget hitchhiking through the galaxy. Just strap on your “Wack Pack” and grab this illustrated guide to some of the wildest sights in our corner of the universe.
James Todd Ratcliff, co-author (with David Baker) of The 50 Most Extreme Place in Our Solar System (Belknap / Harvard University Press); planetary geophysicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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