Monday, May 19, 2008

Come along for the ride

Author Jim Malusa will read from his new book, “Into Thick Air,” and show slides of the land and people he encountered on his bike trips to the world’s great depressions at 4 p.m. May 30 in the third floor auditorium at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave.
Malusa bicycled alone to the lowest point on each continent, a six-year series of “anti-expeditions” to the “anti-summits,” the museum said in a statement. Malusa’s first trip took him to Lake Eyre in the arid heart of Australia. Next he followed Moses’s route from the valley of the Nile to the Jordanian shore of the Dead Sea, then raced against winter through Russian farmlands, from Moscow to the Caspian Sea. Later journeys found him pedaling across the Andes to Salina Grande in Argentine Patagonia, and around tiny Djibouti to Lac Assal in the Horn of Africa, the statement said. He polished off the “pits” by riding from his Tucson home to Death Valley. Malusa has reported on assignments for The Discovery Channel and Natural History, including travels to Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, the Atacama Desert in Chile, and Three Gorges Dam in China. A botanist and a lover of maps, his specialty is the biogeography of southern Arizona flora.

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