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National Geographic Almanac 2020: Trending Topics - Big Ideas in Science - Photos, Maps, Facts & More Paperback – August 27, 2019
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For Ages 12 to 112!
The Journey Starts Here
What are the most exciting things happening in science and discovery today? As we put this almanac together, we asked ourselves that question—and here are our answers: the perfect place to begin!
—CARA SANTA MARIA, Our Favorite Nerd
The Latest Dynamic Annual for the 21st Century
Trending Topics - Big Ideas in Science - Photos, Maps, Facts & More
An almanac like no other, this book offers everything you need to know about the world in 2020--from science and nature to history, world cultures, and the environment. Filled with exquisite National Geographic photography, informative infographics, illustrated time lines, and authoritative maps, this striking new edition will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with practical tips for improving your own sustainability habits.
National Geographic Photos of Adventure
Photographer Jimmy Chin
After his free-solo ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan, Alex Honnold examines the state of his hands.
Photographer Pete McBride
A hockey player skates across fresh black ice in the stark cold of an early morning.
Photographer Stephen Alvarez
An adventurer makes the 600-foot drop into one of the world’s largest caves, Majlis al Jinn in Oman.
Photographer Renan Ozturk
Ice climber Anna Pfaff makes her way up the side of Iceland’s Vatnajökull glacier, the largest in Europe.
Reading the Clouds
Though we’ve always had clouds above, we are still coming up with new ways to categorize and name them. Changes in technology, especially the sharing of photos, is also leading to new identifications.
FAIR-WEATHER CUMULUS: Small, puffy, white
ORTHOGRAPHIC: Precipitation near mountains
ALTOSTRATUS: Thin, gray, highest sheet-type
LENTICULAR: Lens-shaped, over mountains
Q: ON WHICH ISLANDS DO MORE THAN 99% OF RESIDENTS USE THE INTERNET, HIGHEST PERCENTAGE IN THE WORLD?
A: FALKLAND ISLANDS
Exploration & Adventure
Q: IN WHAT YEAR DID BOB BALLARD DISCOVER THE WRECK OF THE TITANIC?
Life on Earth
Q: WHICH SPECIES OF BUTTERFLY IS THE OFFICIAL STATE INSECT OF SEVEN U.S. STATES?
“I found myself utterly enthralled throughout its pages. The photos were remarkably captivating, but the information was so varied and presented so approachably, that I almost felt like I understood every subject. Needless, to say, I did not, but for the first time I felt like I could possibly understand things like dark matter.” –Amy’s Book-et List
“…it's an ultra dose of everything the magazine does well, broken up into small, easily consumed tidbits. It's perfect for trivia nerds and kids: most of the topics are covered in two pages or less, broken up with NatGeo's trademark stunning photography or infographics and timelines for context.” –Unabridged Chick
“And who better to compile all the wonders, than the amazing team at The National Geographic Society? You know they mean business – but also, they make learning FUN!” --Bookapotamus
“This is a visually stunning and comprehensive collection of content, and one I think will make a great gift for the upcoming holiday season!” –Instagram: @sixminutesforme
“I had so much fun flipping through this book…This would make a great gift for anyone that loves trivia or just likes learning new things. It’s also a great book for someone who wants to be a little ahead of the curve for information heading into the new year.” –Broken Teepee
“These photos were stunning, bright, eye catching, and vivid.” –The Pages In-Between
“There is so much rich content here, it's a great book to keep on your coffee table and thumb through when you have a few minutes…Whether you are studying up to be on Jeopardy, have a budding scientist in the family, or are curious about our world (and beyond), Almanac 2020 is a wonderful book for the entire family. The eye-catching graphic layout is not your grandfather's almanac. It would make a great gift.” –Bookchickdi
“From trending topics like pioneering women to ways you can help save the reefs this book literally has it all. There is an abundance of information, fun quizzes, pop culture lists, maps, and each page is filled with beautiful photos.” –Instagram: @jennsbookvibes
“Almanac 2020 will make you feel equal parts dumb (because there is so much we don't know) and smart (because you will finish this knowing so much more information about a huge variety of things), and that's the best part about the book.” –Stranded in Chaos
About the Author
CARA SANTA MARIA (foreword) is an award-winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer, and podcaster. She is a correspondent on National Geographic's Channel's Explorer and Netflix's Bill Nye Saves the World. She is the creator and host of a weekly science podcast called "Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria" and co-hosts the popular "Skeptics' Guide to the Universe" podcast. Santa Maria's work has been featured on Al Jazeera America, TBS, Fox, The Huffington Post, and the Weather Channel. Prior to her career in media, she taught biology and psychology courses to university undergraduates and high school students in Texas and New York.
- Item Weight : 2.25 pounds
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1426220529
- ISBN-13 : 978-1426220524
- Publisher : National Geographic (August 27, 2019)
- Product Dimensions : 7.21 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #33,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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