Review of Earth: The Definitive Visual Guide, Editors-in-Chief: James F. Luhr and Jeffrey E. Post
Review by Kristy McCaffrey
This gorgeous book—worthy of occupying coffee tables everywhere—not only elucidates the workings of the physical Earth that we live upon but also leaves the reader awestruck by the varied and immense panoramas on this third planet from the Sun.
Divided into five sections—Planet Earth, Land, Ocean, Atmosphere, and Tectonic Earth—each illustrates comprehensive points through facts and stunning photographs. Learn that the Earth is 4.55 million years old and that without the magnetic field (generated by a layer of liquid iron in the core), the Sun’s solar wind would have stripped away the atmosphere long ago. Impress your friends with facts like: The small town of Parkfield, CA, sitting on the San Andreas Fault, is the most closely observed earthquake zone in the world. Or perhaps interject that the rocks in the Himalaya were once at the bottom of an ocean. For a more sobering statistic, read how the largest expanse of rain forest on Earth, located in the Amazon Basin, may lose its entire ecosystem within the next 50 years if deforestation continues at the current rate. Understand how climate change is affected by not only high concentrations of greenhouse gases but also fluctuations in the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, variations in its axis rotation, and changes in solar output. For the adventurous, learn about mountains around the world. Mt. Kilimanjaro was formed 1.8 million years ago and there are three volcanoes nested in its summit: Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo. And did you know that Antarctica doesn’t belong to any one country?
If you’re looking for a great gift for that person who loves the outdoors while also possessing an inquisitiveness and curiosity about the world around them, then this book is sure to please. Or include it in your own home. Adults and children alike will delight in the contents.
Kristy McCaffrey lives in Scottsdale, Arizona ,and enjoys hiking, running, and 20-minute vinyasa yoga routines. She writes historical western romances and loves to travel. Visit her blog, “Pathways.”
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