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Planet Earth: As You've Never Seen It Before Hardcover – 5 Oct 2006


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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: 26 x 2.4 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,908 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 By J. Bartlett on 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 FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2008
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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Whether you have seen the Planet Earth DVD series or not, this book really is spectacular with some stunning photographs and interesting text. It is well structured by habitat and relatively easy to follow. If you have watched the series, you will find that this book is quite like a review and you may notice that it ends up repeaating a lot of what was in the series, but i found this good as it reinforced what i already knew!
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It doesn't matter what he does, whether it be books or documentaries, he never fails to please. As with Planet earth in Picture.I originally bought this for my fiance, however we both read it. This is also ideal for a younger person. My Neice does enjoy looking at this when she visits. I would definitly recommend it to anyone of any ages. :-) A***
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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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Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed the Planet Earth series which is why I brought this book. It has the most amazing pictures and interesting information. It's a great alternative to watching the tv. The only thing which would make it better is having David Attenborough read it to you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Larry Smith on 31 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I used this to nurture my son's interest...and get him focused on his A'level geography, great buy, even more so as the price has come down since it was originally published
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