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This book provides a complete reference for anyone interested in the earth sciences. Each section starts by explaining how the phenomena have formed, their defining characteristics and the habitats in which they are found. The book┐s major feature is its two visual directories ┐ one on rocks and minerals and one on fossils ┐ containing over 700 specimen profiles. Each profile features a colour photograph for easy identification. Information boxes give facts such as type and location, and detailed artworks show the structure of rocks and how each fossil originally looked. With over 1200 colour photographs and over 850 informative artworks, this is an impressive work that is beautiful to look at as well as providing all the facts anyone needs about these absorbing subjects.
John Farndon studied Earth Science at Cambridge University, UK. Since then he has written a host of books and articles on a wide range of science subjects and has been shortlisted three times for the COPUS Science Book Prize, for books such as How the Earth Works (Dorling Kindersley) and The Book of the Brain (Hodder). His specialty remains Earth Science, and he is the author of the Dictionary of the Earth (Dorling Kindersley), Rocks and Crystals (Sterling), Rocks and Minerals (Benchmark Books) and e-Guides Rock and Mineral (Dorling Kindersley). Steve Parker is a highly experienced author, editor and consultant specializing in information books on the natural world, biology, technology and general sciences. Steve has a First Class Honors BSc in Zoology and is a Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London. He has worked on the staff of London's Natural History Museum, and also at leading book publishers. He has written more than 200 books and edited or consulted on many other titles, from small, light-hearted projects to encyclopedias and multi-volume series, for a wide range of international pulishers. He also appears on television and radio and regularly presents talks, workshops and other events for schools, libraries, clubs and organizations.