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Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Earth [Hardcover]

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1 July 2011

A breathtaking and inspirational exploration of planet Earth

From the fiery mass of the Earth's core to the tip of the highest ice-capped mountain, explore every aspect of our planet in awe-inspiring photographic detail with the Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Earth.

Visit 400 of the tallest, longest, widest, most significant and most unusual physical features on Earth, from volcanoes, deserts and rivers to weather systems, rocks and minerals. Then take a look at the health of our planet and discover about the interaction between people and the environment.

This is a new compact edition of Earth.

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  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; Compact Re-issue 2011 edition (1 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405373695
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405373692
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some books appeal only to the intellect, but this one is a delight for the senses as well... a classic (Times Educational Supplement )

This time the cliché is true: every home should have one (BBC Wildlife )

About the Author

Douglas Palmer is a lecturer at Cambridge University. Robert Dinwiddie is a trained oceanographer and a professional science writer. Clint Twist is an author and journalist and former museum consultant. Martin Walters is an editor on the World Wildlife Fund's People and Plants series and the author of may natural history publications. The Smithsonian Institution is the largest museum complex in the world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent DK encyclopedia 22 Mar 2012
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I bought this book having already purchased 'Universe' which is outstanding. This text doesn't disappoint either and is packed with lots of useful information from rocks and minerals to weather and plate tectonics. The quality is everything you would expect from DK, highly reccomended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, fun, beautiful 10 Feb 2013
By virgo47
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I like this series of books (Universe, Ocean, Science, Animal Life, ...) - all of them are quality and really beautiful with a lot of information. Pictures are nice too. Since my childhood I always loved cross sections of Earth, mountains, etc. Every part, chapter and topic has a few introductory pages and then many smaller concrete examples. Book goes through Planet Earth as a whole, with its structure, minerals, soils, then to Land (biggest part) with habitats, various features like mountains, rivers, urban areas and then smaller parts about Oceans and Atmoshpere. More important items have more space (like New York in urban areas) and smaller topics just a column or two (like Carpathians though they cover most of the country I live in :-)).

I'd gladly give it 5 stars, but there was one thing that let it down a bit - obvious errors in numbers. Sometimes miles vs km areas were not in ratio like the cipher was mising in one case, and in many cases I simply couldn't believe them - and of course I coundn't be sure which number if any was right. As an example - Moscow area 386 km2 (1000 sq miles, now after check miles are right, ~2500 km2 would be OK then). Or Rio de Janeiro with 11.2m people (at the time of writing) and area 1,171 km2 was suspicious compared to other cities. Checking Wikipedia now population of 11.2m must have been for the whole metropolitan area, but then that area is ~4,500 km2. Legend says both should be for the city and its suburbs. So this was one really minor gripe with the book. Sometimes I want to wonder about some facts - and here I often wasn't sure if I wonder about true facts. Most numbers are probably true and in texts there was hardly anything suspicious for random reader like me.

Bottom line: I love the book, numbers or not, but 5 stars means close to perfect. Obvious errors in numbers are not "close to perfect".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Excellent value for money. Very imformative book. This was bought to aid my son with his Geology A Level as an additional book. He is really happy with it but would be a good read if you are just interested in this sort of thing!!!

Would recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas present 7 Feb 2013
By Oaktree
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Bought as a Christmas stocking filler - great as a coffee table book. The sort of book you can dip into either for a short time or a long time.
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