The Natural World: Portraits of Earth's Great Ecosystems

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-09-14
  • Publisher: Random House Inc
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Wondrous and enchanting yet fragile and at risk, The Natural World chronicles 10 distinct ecosystems that serve as islands of refuge not only for Earth's diversity of life but for the human spirit as well. Celebrated nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen takes the reader on a visual odyssey, from the wildebeest migration on the plains of the Serengeti to the penguins of Antarctica, from the grizzlies of Alaska to the frozen landscape of the polar bears on Hudson Bay. In striking panoramic photographs, Mangelsen documents his subjects within the context of their varied environments. Featuring excerpts from his journals detailing his experiences in the field, this book offers an intimate look into the natural world that has inspired artists, conservationists, and adventurers for centuries. With a foreword written by renowned primatologist, author, and UN Messenger for Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, this book contains Tom's selection of 115 of his most important panoramic images out of a library of more than 20,000. This new collection represents more than twenty years of photography. Spanning six continents and crossing the northernmost to the southernmost extremes of the Earth, these spectacular images take both an intimate and far-reaching look into the natural world that has inspired artists, conservationists, and adventurers for centuries. A quiet call to action, an inventory of our planet as it battles climate change, and a celebration of wildness and its intrinsic value, The Natural World is a record of the Earth's last great locales, one that will inspire present and future generations with the message that what we have can, and must, be saved

Author Biography

Thomas D. Mangelsen is among the most distinguished natural history photographers in the world. American Photo recently named him one of the "100 Most Important People in Photography." In 2000, he co-founded The Cougar Fund, a nonprofit created to raise awareness for and to protect America’s greatest cat. Dr. Jane Goodall, known for her landmark 1960 chimpanzee study, is the most recognizable figure in conservation today.

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