Paragliding over a Serene Landscape

  • 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.

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

      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?

      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?

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

  • 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


    landscape Noun

    the geographic features of a region.

    Encyclopedic Entry: landscape