Patterns of the Earth Photographs by Bernhard Edmaier and text by Angelika Jung-Hüttl

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This book celebrates the patterns and abstract forms found in nature. Bernhard Edmaier’s amazing aerial photographs show the beautiful shapes formed on the earth’s surface by rocks, ice, sand, water, trees and plants. The hundreds of images in this Handbook to the Patterns of the Earth make us look at the world in a new way, by showing us surprising similarities and unexpected links between the most disparate regions of the planet. Instead of seeing a forest or a desert or a field, we see circles and lines, zigzags and spirals, abstract shapes and precise repetition occurring in the most unexpected places.

In this book, Edmaier's photographs are organized by shape and form into clearly defined sections, with tabbed pages for easy access. Each section features short texts explaining where the types of patterns depicted in that chapter are found and how they are formed. In additon, every picture has a caption describing the location of the depicted pattern, and how it was created.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 225 x 125 mm (8 7/8 x 4 7/8 in)
  • Pages: 240 pp
  • ISBN: 9780714846798

Bernhard Edmaier (b.1957) trained as a civil engineer and geologist and has photographed the earth’s surface for over 15 years. The result of meticulous planning and research, his extraordinary travels take him from the endless deserts of Africa to the ice plains of Iceland and the coral cliffs of the Great Barrier Reef. His abstractly beautiful compositions offer an awe-inspiring view of our planet.

Dr Angelika Jung-Huttl  (b.1957) is a geologist and writer who contributes to the Suddeutsche Zeitung, the BerlinerZeitung and pm-history. She has worked and travelled with Edmaier for 10 years and has written several books on volcanoes, ice and glaciers.

"These abstractly beautiful compositions offer an awe-inspiring view of the planet... The photographs appear more like art than a geological survey. In fact, it's enough to send viewers into a bit of a trance. And once we've scooped our jaws off the floor, perhaps this book will help us respect this marvelous planet a bit more."—Wonderland

"The book has a natural rhythm that matches the organic quality of the imagery... An inspiration to photographers and artists alike."—Outdoor Photography

"Breathtaking."—Sunday Express

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