Discovering the Earth's Extraordinary Hidden Depths
‘While our instinct is often to look up, sometimes the best stories can be found by looking down.’ Chris Fitch goes underground, looking down into 40 different subterranean worlds, describing the exploration of natural caves, sink holes and lava tubes and their legends; and exploring man-made underground structures from the ancient cave cities of Cappadocia to the Burlington nuclear bunker and, in today’s fight against global warming, the Hellisheidi experiment, returning carbon to the earth in Iceland.
Up-to-the-Minute Discoveries, Facts and Inventions
Exploring some of the most remarkable recent innovations in science and understanding of the natural world. Colin Barras explains them in simple terms and offers insights into the impact they could have. Covering fields including space, technology and human behaviour, he reaches some surprising conclusions, showing for example how farming may have been humankind’s biggest mistake, or how nasal cells can improve spinal injuries.
This is Planet Earth
Your Ultimate Guide to the World We Call Home
This chronological account of the Earth begins with its formation from a swirling cloud of dust before explaining its structure, the changes brought about by plate tectonics, and the various layers of gases that have made it inhabitable. It explores the impact that humans have had on its geology, atmosphere and ecosystems, using black and white diagrams and the clear language that makes the New Scientist Instant Expert series accessible.
A Beginner's Guide
Telling the story of the origins and evolution of our home planet, from the Big Bang, stardust and the formation of planets, Gribbin describes the geological forces that have shaped Earth and life on it, up to the present crisis as human activities presage a ‘sixth extinction’.
Beyond the Map
Unruly Enclaves, Ghostly Places, Emerging Lands and Our Search for New Utopias
Not marked on any official map, new islands are emerging from the ocean, villages are disappearing beneath it, sea-forts declare independence and utopian communities are founded. This book explores 39 such extraordinary places, among them the elusive Minkies in the English Channel, map-makers’ trap streets and the new Arctic being revealed as a result of global warming.
The health benefits of sea-bathing first encouraged people to visit the seafront in the 18th century and even small towns without a port or harbour, like Blackpool, began to develop as resorts. This highly illustrated volume, with historic and contemporary photographs, prints and illustrations, examines the history, geography, economy, architecture, entertainments and future of the British seaside resort.