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George Steinmetz
Hyper Arid: Aerial Photos of the World's Extreme Deserts
Thursday, December 16th, 2010

George Steinmetz has been a regular contributor to National Geographic and GEO Magazines for over two decades. For the past 12 years he has used a motorized paraglider to take aerial photographs of the world's most extreme deserts. This glider is the lightest and slowest motorized aircraft in the world. His aerial photography reveals patterns and relationships that would be invisible on the ground.

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Steinmetz' lecture covers his work on all seven continents, examining themes of ecology and sustainability in areas that few have ever visited and none have ever seen from above.

Steinmetz has twice won first place awards from World Press Photo and was named National Geographic's "Adventurer of the Year" in 2009. The April 19th, 2010 issue of The New Yorker featured an in-depth profile on his exploration of the world's least known regions. Steinmetz' most recent story for National Geographic focuses on Southern Sudan as it attempts to emerge as a new nation.


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