Background Info

Wild Chronicles joins National Geographic photographer George Steinmetz as he sets out to document the heart of a harsh and foreboding landscape from above. From a unique aerial vantage point, the Gobi Desert's parched landscape unfolds in all its breathtaking glory.

Questions

1. 

George, the photographer, visits an isolated monastery before beginning his journey. What does he pray for?

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George prays for the safe arrival of the paragliding pilot he will be working with.

2. 

What two features does George say make the Gobi such a unique place?

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George says that there is nowhere else on Earth with such enormous sand dunes, with lakes in between.

3. 

How do George and his team feel connected to the native people of the Gobi?

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"We're both being subjected to the forces that have shaped this place," George says.

For Further Exploration

Vocabulary

Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry

aerial

Adjective

existing, moving, growing, or operating in the air.

desert

Noun

area of land that receives no more than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of precipitation a year.

Encyclopedic Entry: desert

document

Verb

to keep track of.

harsh

Adjective

extreme.

landscape

Noun

the geographic features of a region.

Encyclopedic Entry: landscape

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Caryl-Sue, National Geographic Society

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Tom Kist

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