Earth: The Biography

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National Geographic Books, 2008 - Nature - 240 pages
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After four and a half billion years, our planet is approaching old age—the perfect time to look back on an extraordinary life. InEarth: The Biography,renowned science writers Iain Steward and John Lynch use groundbreaking imagery and the latest scientific discoveries to tell the epic story of Earth’s birth, life stages, and distant future demise.

Each chapter examines one of the five essential forces—meteor impacts, plate tectonics, the ocean, the atmosphere, and ice—that drive and shape our planet and determine its destiny. New imaging techniques and spectacular graphics combine to reveal hitherto hidden information about these forces, depicting them in action today as they keep the Earth alive and going back in time to show how cataclysmic events played roles in the planet’s development. More than 200 full-color photographs and illustrations present the familiar in a striking new light, while the authors’ straightforward style brings an engaging clarity to advanced scientific concepts.

The National Geographic Channel television series to whichEarth: The Biographyis the companion volume is expected to reach a viewership of 100 million people. A timely publication as our planet adapts to a warming climate, this accessible, authoritative, and richly visual exploration is a valuable home reference for every family.
  

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User Review  - Ashley - Goodreads

Finally a book that gets climate change right. Read to the end to understand what the Earth is really facing. It's an interesting read on the forces that have made our planet what it is. Read full review

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User Review  - Maria - Goodreads

I highly recommend this book for amateurish geology/earth science fans like me...it can be tough to find good popular science books in this area. The authors do a fantastic job of weaving together the ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Iain Steward is a Senior Lecturer in Geology at the University of Plymouth School of Earth, Ocean, and Environmental Sciences. He hosted the popular BBC/PBS geology series From the Center of the Earth. His follow-up series, Journeys into the Ring of Fire, focused on geology and culture around the Pacific Rim. He is co-author of the book Walking with Cavemen.

John Lynch, executive producer of this book’s companion television series, is currently head of the History and Science unit of the British Broadcasting Corporation. He produced numerous films for Horizon, including coverage of the eruption of Mount St. Helens. His credits as an author include Wild Weather and, with Iain Steward, Walking with Cavemen.

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