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Earth - The Power of the Planet [Hardcover]

Dr Iain Stewart , John Lynch
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Book Description

18 Oct 2007

In this lavish companion to the BBC series Earth: The Power of the Planet, renowned science writers Iain Stewart and John Lynch use stunning imagery and the latest scientific discoveries to explain how our remarkable planet functions. Earth has survived four and a half billion years of being 'stirred from below and bombarded from above' but at the start of the twenty-first century our planet faces new threats, brought about by human actions. It is the perfect time to look back on an extraordinary life and give Earth a thorough health-check.

Each chapter focuses on one of Earth's most powerful forces - meteor impacts, plate tectonics, the ocean, atmosphere and ice - and explores their central role in keeping Earth alive. These are the forces that drive our planet and shape its destiny.

We discover how a devastating cosmic impact blasted a huge chunk of Earth into space to form the Moon, how Earth nearly froze to death when it was completely encased in ice for millions of years, and how Earth's remarkable heat engine, its molten core, saved the day.

Earth has been able to sustain complex life thanks to an extraordinary number of lucky breaks and coincidences. Scientists predict that one day it will die as the Sun heats up and expands. But are we hastening its end through our actions? This lavishly illustrated book will tell the epic story of the birth, life and future of our amazing planet.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (18 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563539143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563539148
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

A stunningly illustrated guide to how our planet works to accompany a landmark BBC science series

About the Author

Iain Stewart is a lecturer in geology at the University of Plymouth's School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental Sciences. He presented the six-part BBC geology series Journeys From the Centre Of The Earth, for which he wrote the accompanying book. His follow-up series on the geology and culture around the Pacific Rim, Journeys Into The Ring of Fire, was broadcast on the BBC in 2006. Iain is the presenter of Earth: The Power of the Planet.

John Lynch is the BBC's head of Science and History. As a producer and director he made many successful films on subjects ranging from the eruption of Mount St Helens to the BAFTA award-winning Fermat's Last Theorem, before becoming Editor of the BBC's long-running science series Horizon. John was the executive producer of the landmark TV series The Planets and Walking With Dinosaurs, and then headed the BBC Science Unit as Creative Director unit being appointed to his current role. John is the author of Wild Weather and co-author of Walking with Cavemen.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind boggling! 9 Dec 2007
By James H
This book ties in to the excellent TV series Earth Power of the Planet with the Scottish presenter Ian Stewart. It covers a mind boggling 5 BILLION years of the earth's history and looks at how the planet functions and the threat of global warming. I'm pleased to say the book has all the pace and energy of the series - Stewart has a good knack of making the science understandable. A great introduction to a truly fascinating subject. Amazing pictures too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!! 5 Jan 2008
By J. Ward
If you loved the series shown on bbc2 a few weeks ago, I guarantee you'll love this book. I've just received my copy today and I've only read a few pages but wow the stuff and information in it fabulous and awesome images. If you're into your volcanoes, impacts, earthquakes etc. Like I am :) I'd definitely forward this book to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book 7 Jan 2010
I loved reading this book and enjoyed every page of it. Reminded me of being a small boy reading books and exploring the whole new world of things. I strongly recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested in knowing more about life and our planet. Very happy I bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Earth in all its majesty 27 Mar 2008
By Kevin
Beautiful book and, like the TV series, is a well presented and informative guide to our planet, its formation and also addresses the problems that may occur from the legacy of human impact.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Earth - The Power of the Planet (BBC BOOKS) 23 Mar 2014
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This beautiful book is divided into sections, showing every aspectof the planet earth and how it works, illustrated to great effect with extraordinary photographs and with clear explainations from Iain Stewart and John Lynch who make wonderful programmes for television with an entartaining and true scientific knowledge and passion, and of an historical, cultural and human point of view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work 21 Aug 2012
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A delightful read covering all aspects of earth's creation. A perfect read for a retired geography teacher such as me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars earth 27 July 2012
This book was published as an adjunct to the BBC series of the same name and attempts to explain how our planet works detailing 6 elements impact(meteors), heat(volcanoes),atmosphere,oceans,ice and rare earth (a theoreticall discussion of life).
All the sections are well written and researched.The illustrations are adequate-the best being spread over 2 pages.
There is a short time line and a section for further reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Book 28 April 2012
I bought this as a present for my dad and he loves it. It has lots of great clear pictures and the explanations are easy to read.It can be read all the way through or just pick out different sections or even just look at the amazing pictures.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Earth - The power of the Planet
Loved the book, loved the TV series. A book that explains the world in which we live gives meaning to life on Earth
Published 1 month ago by Mt Morley
3.0 out of 5 stars inaccuracies
I very much enjoyed the TV series of Earth. I was however very dissapointed to find poor research in the book. Read more
Published on 25 April 2011 by fergus
4.0 out of 5 stars Good!
This book is a good accompany to the Earth Series that was shown on the BBC. Good for general read, especially for teenage students as it can help them engage and research further... Read more
Published on 16 April 2011 by read4life
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is a great book which perfectly accompanies the BBC series.

Excellent photographs compliment the extensive research which has obviously gone into this book to make... Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2010 by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
This is an absolutely superb series! Each of the five titles (volcano, atmosphere, ice, oceans, rare Earth) moves along at a pace that keeps interest and is presented with... Read more
Published on 9 May 2009 by Dr. Duncan J. Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable
Easy reading complemented by fabulous pictures. Many of the phenomenon for the first time I saw them as photographs. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2009 by Mr. R. Vasudev
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband loved it
My husband was glued to the tv series so i decided to get the book for Xmas for him,thought it wouldn't contain much extra info but he thinks its best book hes ever read and it... Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2008 by Mrs. E. L. Price
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