In the best-selling tradition of Smithsonian Animal, this extraordinary survey of our planet provides unrivaled insight into the forces and processes that formed our environment and which continue to influence its evolution. With thousands of breathtaking photographs and unique visual catalogues of the features and phenomena that take place on Earth--such as rocks, minerals, and mountains to tropical rainforests and the different types of clouds--Earth contains the most up-to-date ideas on how our world works, a compelling review on the health of the planet, and unbelievable images of the world's most stunning features.
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Published in Great Britain by Dorling Kindersley Limited
THE HISTORY OF THE EARTH
THE EARTH IN SPACE
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Africa America amphibole Antarctica Arctic Atlantic Atlantic Ocean atmosphere Australia basaltic Basin calcite caldera carbon cave climate cloud coast COLOR contain continental coral Corbis crater crust crystals deep deposits DEPTH desert Earth Earth’s surface earthquake east erosion eruption evaporation fault ﬁrst ﬁsh ﬂooding ﬂoor ﬂows forest fossils gabbro glacier grains grasslands heat igneous rocks intrusions island lake land landscape largest lava layer limestone LOCATION magma mantle metamorphic metamorphic rocks meteorite million square km million years ago minerals mountain North northern occurs Ocean oceanic crust Paciﬁc percent plants Plateau plates produce pyroxene rain rainfall range reefs region ridges rise river sea level sediment sedimentary sedimentary rocks soil solar South southern species square miles Stratovolcano streams subduction tectonic tectonic plates temperature trees tropical TYPE valley volcanic warm weathering wind zone