Planet Earth: As You’ve Never Seen It Before 1st Edition
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- Item Weight : 4.05 pounds
- Hardcover : 312 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780520250543
- ISBN-13 : 978-0520250543
- Dimensions : 10 x 0.9 x 11 inches
- Publisher : University of California Press; 1st edition (March 25, 2007)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0520250540
- Best Sellers Rank: #163,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The "chapters" of this work include the following: The Whole Earth, Frozen Poles, The Great Forests, The Great Plains, The Great Sands, Mountain Heights, The Underworld, Fresh Water, Rainforests, Shallow Seas, and Open Ocean Depths.
Some wonderful photos. . . . In "Frozen Poles," we see some of those great photos of Emperor Penguins huddled together to protect themselves against the cold, we see the marches from the sea after having filled their bellies with food, and so on. The photos remind us of that great recent movie on the lives of Emperor penguins. On pages 44-45, there are three wonderful photos of a polar bear family.
Some stunning satellite photos are included. On pages 160-161, there is a satellite view of rain clouds being pushed across India by monsoon winds. On pages 222-223, there is another wonderful satellite photo of the world's largest river delta.
The chapter on rainforests (Chapter 9) is also beautiful. Whether satellite photos or more "up close" pictures, this chapter shows us the lustrous appearance of rainforests. We also see the animals living in the rainforests.
And so on.
And though the photos are breathtaking, the text itself speaks to the issues raised in each of the chapters. Pages 188-193 combine text of a recent cave discovery (in New Mexico) with some neat pictures of those same caves. The combination of text and photos is compelling.
I must confess that this review does not contain much analysis or critique, but this is one of those books where I choose simply to appreciate the artistry of the photos and go from there.
Even after seeing the entire series in HD on a beautiful television there is nothing that can compare to these unbelievable printed images with full story included.
This is the best for a coffee table book or perfect for your den. Your visitors will thank you!