Natural Wonders of the World | Chris Packham - DK Series
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Visit the world’s greatest natural wonders in this spectacular visual guide.
Your journey gets underway with an inspiring foreword by celebrated naturalist Chris Packham, before you explore our planet as never before. Cross the continents to enjoy the most breathtaking landscapes and natural features on Earth. The diverse range of delights includes the Rocky Mountains, Namib Desert, Great Barrier Reef, Skógafoss waterfall, Ninety Mile Beach, Antarctic ice sheets, Amazon River – and everywhere in between.
Captivating landscape photography combines with 3D terrain models, explanatory artworks, and accessible text to reveal what lies beneath the surface and show how incredible geographical features are formed.
To complete this picture-perfect package, all the plants and animals inhabiting these remarkable environments are also included, making Natural Wonders of the World a complete celebration of our world today.
Satisfy your wanderlust from the comfort of your armchair as you experience our wonderful world in unparalleled depth and detail.
Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution.
From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In what amounts to a massive expansion of 2007's Wonders of the Natural World, this large-format outing not only profiles hundreds of scenic glories but also digs beneath the surfaces of many to show in diagrammatic form the geological (or other) processes that created, or are creating, each one. Presented continent by continent, with additional chapters on the oceans and "Extreme Weather," the entries are grouped mostly in general categories such as "Mountains and Volcanoes." The centerpieces of each are dramatically angled, fantastically sharp, drop-dead gorgeous photos and graphically rendered maps or cutaway views. Dense assemblages of smaller images of landforms or wildlife, detailed explanatory captions, and precise descriptions surround these graphics. Hundreds of additional sites earn shorter mentions in a 60-page closing directory. In keeping with the theme, human figures or signs of habitation are vanishingly rare and nearly always tiny, imparting a sense of grand scale to the wonders on display. VERDICT Dazzling fare for upper grade travelers of both the active and armchair sorts.—John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York
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