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The Complete Earth [Hardcover]

Douglas Palmer
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30 Nov 2008

Combining the data from 18 of the most advanced Earth satellites ever built, NASA has constructed the most detailed global portrait of our planet ever created. The Complete Earth reproduces this photomap in its entirety and at full-resolution, living up to its title by revealing the whole planet, cloud-free, at a resolution of 500m to every pixel, or 90 miles to every inch. At this scale we can we can trace the Amazon from Andean headwaters to Atlantic mouth, or explore the trackless sand seas of the Sahara, or follow the corrugated ridges of hills and mountains that mark the frontline of India's tectonic assault on Eurasia as if we were in low-Earth orbit. These images are supplemented by a wealth of even higher resolution satellite imagery that zooms in on noteworthy features - from volcanoes to cities, river deltas to glaciers. In addition, 12 double-page-spreads chart one year in the life of our planet as they follow the ebb and flow of the seasons across the globe: we watch snow fall in the North as it melts in the South, and desert lands bloom and fade as the rains come and go. Accompanying the images, a brief but informative text explores the history of each landscape, explaining the how and when of its mountain ranges, deserts and plains.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Books (30 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848660170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848660175
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 23.5 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,122,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From pole to pole, The Complete Earth presents one of the most advanced portraits of our planet ever created. Within these pages, data from NASA's most advanced Earth observing satellites has been combined to produce a cloud-free, digital atlas of the entire planet - a mappamundi for the Information Age. At a scale of 53 kilometres to every centimetre (93 miles to an inch), we can trace the Amazon from Andean headwaters to Atlantic mouth, explore the trackless sand seas of the Sahara, and follow the corrugated ridges of hills and mountains that mark the front-line of India's continental collision with Eurasia. We can track the ebb and flow of seasons across the globe, watching snows fall in the North as they melt in the South and desert lands bloom and fade as rains come and go. Combining NASA's digital portrait of the planet with high resolution satellite imagery that zooms in on noteworthy features - from volcanoes to asteroid craters, river deltas to glaciers - The Complete Earth creates an unprecedented view of our planet's face. Social and political boundaries are invisible and irrelevant, what we see instead is the landscape of the whole Earth - the mountains and deserts, seas and oceans that have shaped human history. Yet this configuration of rock and water represents a fleeting geological moment, having existed for no more than 4 million years - a mere 0.01 percent of the planet's lifetime. But look closer and a deeper past emerges. Earth's 4.5 billion year history can be reconstructed from the layered, twisted and folded rocks that adorn its surface. To understand how to read the planet's deep history, The Complete Earth descends far beneath the continents and oceans to reveal the tectonic plates they rest on. It explains how the ceaseless jostling of these plates has sculpted the Earth's ever-changing face and tracks their movements over millennia to reconstruct global views of not only the planet's past, but also its future.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Reproducing one of the most advanced satellite surveys of Earth in its entirety, The Complete Earth explores our planet, explaining the how and when of its mountain ranges, deserts, ice-sheets, volcanoes and oceans.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 17 Dec 2006
Format:Hardcover
There have been photo books of satellite imagery of the earth before, but I've not seen one to compete with this one. It's simply stunningly beautiful. The size helps the resolution and impact of the high quality images reproduced throughout the book. They are all printed in high quality on heavy duty paper and with informative but minimal text. It's the photographs themselves which are the subject of the book however and more text would have left less room for the imagery. It's a very large format book and quite heavy so a strong coffee table is needed - and a long time to enjoy the exquisite images on almost every page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding sense of size w/out losing detail 15 Sep 2007
Format:Hardcover
This is a coffee-table book half the size of a coffee table. As someone with a substantial interest in very large format aerials of the Earth, this is the only book I have seen which gives a good impression of the size of the Earth's surface without sacrificing detail. This is partly due to its format, partly to its excellent organization. The images can hold one's gaze for a long time, because the fine detail is there in the midst of immense expanses. I bought two copies at a local shop for my great niece & nephew. This is an increasingly rare find.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Earth 10 Feb 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love this book! If you are interested in maps and earth sciences you will love this book too. Its a very big book but it perfectly suits the content if it was any smaller it would not be as impressive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Earth review 10 Jan 2010
By Al
Format:Hardcover
If you like pictures of the earth taken from space this book is a must. Continent by continent the Earth is illustrated and explain. Close up pictures of certain areas give you more insight about our History and how the Earth that we see today has formed over the last 4.5 billion years. It leaves you wanting to find out more about the Earth and how the imagery was taken and how it can be interpreted. It needs a very BIG shelf!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maximum Braincandy for the Dollar! 27 Dec 2006
By H. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The sheer size of this centerpiece drew me to open and view it. Once inside, I was inspired to take a new look at our "blue marble." The book has great satellite imagery of every piece of landmass in the world. It points out some specific pieces of terrain and discusses its evolution over the ages. Learn a little geology and history while enjoying great 2D and 3D visuals.

Kudos to Palmer and his crew for this work.

Sun Tzu, war strategist, taught the importance of understanding terrain and its effects on friend and foe. This book definitely fits within this realm of understanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Enlightening 24 Feb 2007
By Babystepper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book has some beautiful images of every place on earth. I was specifically drawn to the images of the earth taken once a month. The difference in the seasons is dramatic and stunning. It would be a lovely centerpiece and a wonderful learning tool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service! On time delivery. 20 Jan 2011
By Rose Mary Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have purchased this item before and was pleased with the contents. It was delivered on time and in great condition. You know I will order again. Thanks.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed by Overly Dark Images 24 Jan 2010
By Snorkel Head - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I recently acquired 4 satellite image books. Visually, "The Complete Earth" was the only disappointment in the batch. "Earth From Space" or "Above the Earth" or "map:satellite" provides superior eye-popping images and/or explanatory text. The author includes too many dark low contrast images of the continents where you can barely make out any interesting geographic features. The intriguing close up images are often relegated to the margins in small few inch squares. Some of these images are in printed in better color and full size in "Above the World".

The author repeats these dark images in slightly different resolution and overlapping areas wasting pages which could have been better spent on enlarging close ups. For instance, page 50-54, he repeats the slightly same sections of South America twice without providing any more information.

Stranger still, the Dead Sea is described as drawing a boundary "with Palestine".
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