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United States: Essays 1952-1992 - "Mongolia!" (1983) Summary & Analysis

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Yurtas, Mongolian hotpots, and the badlands of the Gobi Desert figure in this essay, as Vidal and a photographer ("Snaps") the Great Gobi National Park for the World Wildlife Fund. Among the group are ornithologists, "tall, slender, and bearded so that they can stand for hours imitating kindly trees, as they watch for birds." Also in the group is an English-born, Nairobi-based representative of the United Nations Environmental Programme named White Hunter.

From Moscow, the group flies to Ulan Bator on the edge of the Gobi Desert, where they are to travel deep into the national park area. Soon they are in a jeep, "lurching over rough terrain." The young driver wears a denim jacket and smiles as he crashes over boulders. Black and brown gravel, not sand, is the most common landscape, with occasional...

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