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Planet Earth: As You've Never Seen It Before [Hardcover]

Alastair Fothergill , David Attenborough
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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5 Oct 2006

Prepare yourself for a spectacular tour of the world's many habitats, each possessing its own unique mood. From the claustrophobic darkness of the Deep Ocean to the big skies of the Open Plains; the merciless, ever-expanding Deserts to the diminishing Jungles, teeming with violent life. The thread that binds them all is water - the precious element that has carved our world and makes all life possible - and only three percent of which on the entire Earth is fresh.

Within each habitat, we take a journey of exploration. We find the hidden life - the animals who have yet to be extensively filmed, either through the inaccessibility of their habitat or their own elusive behaviour. Mass migration spectacles, blind cave fish, bioluminescent corals and rarely-seen large mountain cats, all beautifully captured by the world's best nature photographers.

With a foreword by Sir David Attenborough, Planet Earth is the ultimate portrait of our planet, and the perfect companion piece to a truly historic television event.


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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (5 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563522127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563522126
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 25.8 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book of the series Planet Earth is so lavish and loving, it borders on zoophilia." (Jim Shelley The Guardian)

"Full of unique, high-quality photographs of some of our planet's rarest and most unusual life forms as well as engaging and authoritative text" (The Bookseller)

"Lavish and spectacular, with beautifully photographed views of every kind" (The Herald)

"Absolutely mind-blowing" (The Good Book Guide)

"Illustrates and vocalises the journey in a lavish manner, depicting some of the world's greatest landforms and most remarkable wildlife with skill and pertinence.... The perfect companion piece to a truly unparalleled television experience" (Accent magazine)

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A lavish, breathtaking look at the Earth as never seen before, from the producer and author of the phenomenal Blue Planet.

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning book 5 Dec 2006
Format:Hardcover
Every home should have one. The pictures are incredible - just like watching the series but you get to pore over every detail in your own time. I bought it as a Christmas present but I would love to keep a copy of it for myself. Just beautiful - and what a fantastic price!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Planet Earth would make a great present for a young person who is interested in the natural world. It opens up views from the microscopic level up to the perspectives from the moon that unveil the Earth and its animals and plants in new ways. It's almost as though you have just arrived on a spaceship to an unknown world. Most of the book will seem unfamiliar to you.

Where many books about the natural world are filled with seeming hyperbole ("you can see this feature from space"), Planet Earth does its best to display the basis for those references by making the statement and showing the photographic evidence. As a result, this book makes a serious impression on the range of challenging environments on Earth, the reasons for each challenge, and examples of how animals and plants have successfully adapted to those challenges. Darwin would be envious that you can see more in one book than he could in a lifetime of study.

If you didn't see the television series or the DVD, here's the structure:

Whole Earth (overview of how the various regions differ and why)
Frozen Poles (the Arctic and the Antarctic and why they differ)
Great Forests (huge bands of trees in temperate climes)
Great Plains (the semi-arid regions)
Grand Sands (extended deserts both hot and cold)
Mountain Heights (the highest peaks and their environments)
Underworld (caves)
Fresh Water (lakes and rivers)
Rainforests (tropical jungles)
Shallow Seas (Coral-inhabited areas)
Open Ocean Depths (the bulk of the seas)

Each section contains information about the geology, physics, and chemistry of the region's character and origins. A number of stories about the plants and animals that inhabit the areas are included.
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Format:Hardcover
This is the perfect book for an introduction into the nature of our planet. It has some stunning photographs, and it provides an informative view of how wildlife has adapted, and how ecosystems operate.

However, it is NOT for science buffs only. It is written in a way that makes it accessible to all audiences, whether you're a Zoo-ologist or you just have a curiosity for wildlife, it is a really enjoyable read, and worth every penny.

The photography is as breathtaking as the photography in the original BBC series, and will leave you nothing short of gobsmacked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a treasure. 14 July 2014
By Hannah
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Superb photography and very interesting text. A book to treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BBC - Planet Earth by Alastair Fothergill 3 April 2014
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Like any BBC series of books, this one has a wealth of information and plenty of lovely pictures to support the interesting text. It is better to read this book first before watching its video which makes it very vivid. Bundled with 312 pages of knowledge and information about our Planet Earth - The Only One that sustains life!!??
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful product! 4 Mar 2014
By Li
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I always like the BBC animal or planet programme. The quality of the paper and the pictures are always excellent!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 6 Feb 2014
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I've got the book frozen planet and thought this would be great to go beside it. I wasn't wrong. Great insight into making a great documentary series and lots of nice photos as well
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 18 Dec 2013
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I bought this for my hubby as he likes watching the planet earths & I thought he would appreciate reading about it too he loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loving it
The contents are an eye opener, the book is like brand new.
Published 28 days ago by Forrest
5.0 out of 5 stars Planet Earth Really good book
A friend of mine had a copy of this book and I borrowed it. I couldn't put it down so bought a copy for myself. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lind Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Attenborough is a legend
It doesn't matter what he does, whether it be books or documentaries, he never fails to please. As with Planet earth in Picture. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2011 by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Companion to the series!
Whether you have seen the Planet Earth DVD series or not, this book really is spectacular with some stunning photographs and interesting text. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2011 by M. J. Druce
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to go with the tv series
I really enjoyed the Planet Earth series which is why I brought this book. It has the most amazing pictures and interesting information. Read more
Published on 26 May 2010 by SallytheAnn
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
As usual an excellent back up to the tv programme, used to inspire secondary school students as part of my lab library. excellent for dipping in.
Published on 3 April 2010 by Mrs B
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
excellent value book. i was very impressed with cost and it was just dented on cover and spine. would definitly buy from again.
Published on 11 Feb 2009 by joanna colby
2.0 out of 5 stars planet earth
This book is not up to the usual high standard expected of the BBC mainly due to the very poor quality of the majority of the pictures which are over or underexposed,out of... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2009 by G.I.Forbes
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