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Bone Dry
Photograph by Carsten Peter

A camel's hip bone provides the only shade around as John Hare leads a caravan across a sand sea in Libya. Hare undertook a hundred-day, 1,500-mile (2,400-kilometer) journey through the Sahara from Lake Chad to Tripoli, reversing a slave-trading route taken nearly a century before, in 1906, by Hanns Vischer. A British civil servant in Nigeria, Vischer was the last foreigner to complete the trek before Hare's journey. Both Vischer and Hare reported seeing the bones of hundreds of camels from past caravans littering the remote trail.

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