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Atlas of Oceans by John Farndon

Atlas of Oceans by John Farndon

Yale University Press; A&C Black; Australian Geographic (2011)

Foreword by Carl Safina

Consultant: Cousteau Organization, Marine Census

A tragedy is playing out beneath the surface of the world's bodies of marine waters, one that began long before the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Although many books have explored the environmental problems being faced on land, Atlas of Oceans is the first book for a general audience that examines how creatures of the marine environment are if anything more vulnerable than their land-based counterparts. Atlas of Oceans is a celebration of Earth's vibrant and awe-inspiring oceans and seas and an urgent call to action to protect one of our planet's most vital resources.

"This book...is a realm to explore. A place for sparking ideas. You'll find yourself being drawn back to into it, as to the ocean itself, again and again."—from the foreword by Carl Safina
 

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Reviews

"A brilliant, lavishly illustrated and timely account of the evolution of the world’s marine bodies of water and the ecological disaster that is unfolding underneath, within and around them. Skillfully written for a general audience, the book reminds us we can not survive without healthy seas, and delivers a persuasive wake-up call."
The Globe and Mail

"...a lavishly illustrated and passionate work that aims to provide a sort of maritime health report, setting out the richness of ocean and our dependence upon the future health of the sea. Well written and superbly illustrated...pulls no punches"
Nautilus International

"Atlas of Oceans is a magnificent work in every respect... there is so much to reflect on in this wide-ranging Atlas that is in fact much more than that: it combines cartography, diagrams, photography, and scientific as well as philosophical narrative into a framework that ranges from submarine geology to oceanography, marine biology to climate change...this volume does for oceanography (in a wider sense than this word suggests) what Carl Sagan did for cosmology. This is a highly important work... among its great merits are its clarity of prose and readability"
Harm de Blij, John A. Hannah Professor of Geography at Michigan State University; ABC tv

"Very readable and engaging."
Nancy Knowlton, Sant Chair for Marine Science, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

"...its most important virtue is the writing: clear, succinct and absorbing. It has something rare in a reference book: a voice. John Farndon tells a good story, he doesn’t mince words in his conclusions, and he’s not afraid to be funny."
North Coast Journal

"The writing is crisp and clear... It's impressively published as well as well-written and thought out. It's excellent and important. The text has what so few reference books have: a voice. The visuals illustrate this text as well as piquing a browser's interest and satisfying a roving eye. It's absorbing and satisfying reading.”
Captain Future, Books in Heat

"An in-depth exposition of everything under, around, and on the sea, this atlas uses photos, maps, charts, and text to create a very user-friendly primer about the oceans...Big and beautiful, this book would make a great addition to any coffee table.”
The Sierra Club

"This richly illustrated survey of marine life introduces basic principles of oceanography and highlights the hazards of environmental degradation."
Science News

"a worthy purchase that will be useful to students working on term papers. Readers interested in global change, the effect on the environment, and species survival also will enjoy this in bite-sized pieces.
Jean E Crampon, Shelves of Books/Library Journal

"Weird and amazing sealife takes centre stage in this illustrated atlas.... A good balance between words and wildlife photography, diagrams and maps makes it appealing for the casual reader as well as useful for students"
Rebeka White, The Invisible Gorilla, Ex-Libris

"Atlas of Oceans is a vibrant journey through the Earth’s oceans and a timely, important treatise on what must be done to save them.”
All at Sea

"Ian’s recommendation: A good introduction to the subject
Birdbooker Report 158, Guardian

"... one of the best books on the topic of oceans I have seen in a while... it does seem like we are living on the cusp of a "soylent green" future and this book will serve to remind me how it used to be.
G. Papadopoulos, Amazon.com customer review

Oil (DK Eyewitness Books) by John Farndon

Oil (DK Eyewitness Books) by John Farndon

72 pages Dorling Kindersley (June, 2007)

Eyewitness Oil is a brand new and up-to-date look at petroleum—why we need it, where we get it, and how we use it. By tracing its roots from 6,500 years ago in the Middle East through the Dawn of the Oil Age in 1853 and finally to present day, find out why oil truly is king. Stunning real-life photography of oil tankers, refineries, and spills lets you be an eyewitness to the substance long referred to as "black gold."


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Reviews

"A mini museum between the covers of a book."
The New York Times

"Pioneering…visually captivating, dependable nonfiction."
Booklist

"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."
Library Media Connection (starred review)

"Really, Really Interesting!...I didn't know a lot about the history of oil and gasoline. It seems in school, it didnt' arrive until J. D. Rockefeller decided to dig it up. Now I know that Babylonians actually used it to pave their roads [and much more]...Pretty neat stuff in this book and I'm an adult. A kid will love it."
Lynn Ellingwood, Amazon customer

"Gives a succinct and clear explanation of the importance of oil to modern economies and follows with a history of the use of oil until the present day."
Deakin Newsletter, Okanagan College Library

How the Earth Works by John Farndon

How the Earth Works by John Farndon

Dorling Kindersley (May 1992)

Here is a stimulating introduction for the whole family to the secrets of planet Earth. Packed with hundreds of experiments that let you discover the way the Earth works. Create your own "home laboratory." For ages 8-14

Shortlisted for Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Junior Prize 1993


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"How the Earth Works shares the clear layout and bright ideas that have become the hallmark of its publisher Dorling Kindersley... With a few plastic trays, some sheets of foam rubber, a handful of sand and a bucket of water, you can discover how mountains rise up, a river carves out a meandering course and how to make sedimentary rock. It is an exciting book that will encourage experiments and observation. It would be my choice for the [Rhone-Poulenc Science Book] Junior Prize"
Maggie Mc Donald, New Scientist

"This book is the single most helpful book I have ever run across in trying to explain to my very visual son what happens when different earth phenomena occur...You will be amazed. I submit you will learn more about "How The Earth Works" than you thought possible. This will generate conversations with your children that will last a lifetime."
Laurie J. Mitchell, Amazon customer

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Dictionary of the Earth (also published as ‘Earth’) by John Farndon

Dictionary of the Earth (also published as ‘Earth’) by John Farndon

192 pages Dorling Kindersley (March 1995)

An exciting and original thematic encyclopedia idea for home, school, or college use, Earth explains over 2,000 key words in geography, geology, meteorology, oceanography, paleontology, and ecology. Thematic arrangement allows readers to access information by subject and explore related topics. Specially commissioned full-color illustrations explain the workings of our planet.


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Reviews

"The book is full to the brim with interesting snippets and definitions that inform and encourage dipping. The author's enthusiasm for his subject is infectious and now I not only understand why armchair-shaped hollows scraped out by ice were unfamiliar but can recognise them in their true setting."
Geoff Brown, Books for Keeps

Volcanoes (DK Pockets) by John Farndon

Volcanoes (DK Pockets) by John Farndon

128 pages Dorling Kindersley Publishing (Sep 1998)

Small enough to carry in a pocket, yet big enough to carry all the answers, these mini-sized reference books are packed with facts and pictures and arranged in a clear, logical way. Full color.


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Reviews

"Not much is left out of this fascinating book, and students will want to read and reread the many details and descriptions...there is something for students of all ages in this exciting book."
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"DK Pockets that are chock full of the same wonderful graphics and information as the bigger books....The reference, glossary, and index areas make this an excellent source book for science research projects. Even though I've read this book before, every time I pick it up I find new facts and pictures that draw me in again and again. In addition to being a good reference, this book is just plain fun. If you like science, natural disasters, or need an A on a volcano report this is the book for you."
Joy Derkson, Kids Reads

"Small enough to carry in a pocket, yet big enough to provide all the answers, DK Pockets are mini-sized reference books packed with facts and pictures, and arranged in a clear, logical way"
Debra Tewhey, Forces of Nature

Weather (DK Eyewitness Books) by Brian Cosgrove

Weather (DK Eyewitness Books) by Brian Cosgrove

72 pages Dorling Kindersley (new edition July 2007)
 
 
Reviews

"...attractive spreads filled with eye-catching illustrative materials and clear, concise writing...the imaginative use of photographs helps to clarify many of the concepts... a visual treat."
Steven Engelfried, Pleasanton Library, CA, School Library Journal

"...a mini museum between the covers of a book."
The New York Times

"A good choice to have for easy reference or a young student's weather project."
Melissa, Amazon customer

"This book was one of my favourite DK books I ever read. Every page of this was very, very great. I’m interested in weather too."
A kid’s review, Amazon customer

Weather (DK Eyewitness Explorer) by John Farndon

Weather (DK Eyewitness Explorer) by John Farndon

48 pages Dorling Kindersley/Tandem (1999)

Ideal introduction for young chlldren to the subject of weather including clouds, wet air, frost, ice, wind, and air pressure. Includes some projects


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Reviews

"[Books in series including Weather] move beyond basic introductory texts and provide questions as well as answers to some of the complex aspects of each of these topics.... Good resources for reports and for those who want to know how and why things work."
Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC , School Library Journal

"This book has fun weather facts and scientific information highlighted throughout and lively illustrations"
Mississippi Science Framework

"Teaching children to love books is very important, and this book is a great tool for this. My 8 month old boy loves this book & others in the same collection."
Orlando Shorter, Amazon customer

"This book is a good starting point to teach weather to children, it covers all aspects of weather. It is intended for the elementary level but the great photos make this book appealing to younger kids."
Patricia H. N. "Homeschooling Mom", Amazon Customer

Extreme Weather (DK Experience) by John Farndon

Extreme Weather (DK Experience) by John Farndon

64 pages Dorling Kindersley (April, 2007)

Take an incredible visual journey and experience the windiest, wettest, wildest weather, as you venture right into the heart of the most powerful storms on Earth. Witness the extreme as amazing images take you into the eye of a tornado, show you the awesome force of a monsoon, and reveal the power of a lightning strike. Discover what it’s like to find yourself in the path of extreme weather with a fascinating eyewitness account of a deadly hurricane.


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Reviews

"Fantastic digital imagery takes readers right into the heart of devastating tornadoes, hurricanes, storm surges, monsoons and blizzards. Eyewitness accounts, thrilling stories, and fantastic facts guarantee that this learning experience is an unforgettable one."
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The Practical Encyclopedia of Rocks and Minerals by John Farndon

The Practical Encyclopedia of Rocks and Minerals by John Farndon

Hermes House/Lorenz Books (March, 2006)

How to Find, Identify and Collect Rocks & Minerals, with Over 900 Colour Photographs and Artworks. The ultimate photographic guide to the world of rocks and minerals, with a strong emphasis on how to build a diverse and colourful collection.


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Reviews

"Nicely done - good illustrations, lots of variety, clearly written...Every mineral collector needs several sources to get a good idea of what he or she has and this is one that I will continue to use... worth having among your library."
Stuart Schneider, Amazon customer

“My son and I are "Rock Hounds" and this book is fantastic! It has as much, if not more, information that an amateur rock hound needs! We love it!”
Amazon customer

“Good field guide for a layman. Explains the scientific terminology well and doesn't presume you're already familiar with it. Not a pocket guide but wonderful once you come home with small pebbles and digital pictures of boulders, explains everything”
Robert A Sloan, Amazon customer

“A great book for rock and mineral collectors! I love the pictures and the explanations. I have learned a lot and keep the book for reference.”
Mary Ann Ashcraft. Amazon customer

“I love this book as the photos of the rocks and minerals are realistic to what most samples you see are!”
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Collecting Rocks and Crystals by John Farndon

Collecting Rocks and Crystals by John Farndon

80 pages David and Charles (1999)

Discover how to build your own rewarding collection of rocks and crystals and collect in safe and environmentally friendly ways with this fully illustrated guide. Identification of the different rocks is aided by full descriptions and checklists


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Reviews

"I would definitely recommend as a first level book for the enthusiastic novice collector - it is simple and easy to understand - but with the adult in mind."
Amazon customer

Earth by various authors including John Farndon and Douglas Palmer, edited by Ja

Earth by various authors including John Farndon and Douglas Palmer, edited by James F. Luhr

520 pages Dorling Kindersley (Oct 2003)

The world around us is made up of an extraordinary range of constantly changing landscape. Using an innovative visual approach, "Earth" provides a perspective on our planet's apparently infinite range of natural features and the system of interlinking forces that formed and continue to change them. At the core of the book is a series of visual catalogues of more than 400 of the most impressive, beautiful, or unusual places on Earth - from the Colorado River to the Atacama Desert, from the rainforets of Indonesia to the Antarctic Ice-sheet. These inspiring inventories of real phenomena are combined with explanations of the processes that have shaped our planet over its 4.6 billion years of turbulent history.


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Reviews

"Visually spectacular, this standout guide to our planet offers a thorough look at the Earth's physical dynamics... Pretty enough to serve as a coffee table book, this volume also contains a tremendous amount of absorbing information."
Publishers Weekly

"an encyclopedic, picture-rich, beautifully designed compendium that draws on up-to-date research in numerous fields to tell the incredible story of our planet's birth, place in the cosmos, and evolution...The writing is clear, animated, and engrossing. The page layouts are works of graphic art...superb and stunning"
Donna Seaman, Booklist

"A fantastic book, with incredible photographs. It covers everything about the Earth, from its place in space through the oceans, the atmosphere, the land and human geography. All explained in simple terms with diagrams for more complex topics."
Amazon customer

"Simply STUNNING !...I have just received my copy of this book and am simply amazed by the content. It covers everything from our place in the Universe to specific examples of a rock type."
Mr. R. J. Wilson, Amazon customer

"A visual feast...this is a book you will never get bored with. Worth every penny and more."
Dragondrums, Amazon customer

Ocean Poster Book by John Farndon

(Oct 1, 2009)

Other books:

  • Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rocks of the World
    128 pages Anness Publishing (July 2007)
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  • Minerals of the World, Illustrated Guide
    160 pages Anness Publishing (December 2007)
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  • 1000 Things You Should Know About World Geography (1000 Things You Should Know)
    64 pages Miles Kelly Publishing Ltd; New Ed edition (May 1, 2005)
    Buy on Amazon
  • 1000 Things You Should Know About Planet Earth (Hardcover)
    61 pages Miles Kelly Publishing Ltd (March 1, 2000)
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  • Amazing Planet Earth
    256 pages Southwater (August 25, 2001)
    Buy on Amazon
  • Planet Earth: Amazing facts about our world and the natural forces that shaped it
    256 pages Southwater (June 25, 2008)
    Buy on Amazon
  • Rocks, Minerals and the Changing Earth by Jack Challoner, John Farndon & Rodney Walshaw
    128 pages Southwater (August 25, 2004)
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  • Volcanoes & Earthquakes and Other Facts About Planet Earth (Bulletpoints series)
    by John Farndon Miles Kelly
  • Oceans & Rivers (Bulletpoints series)
    Miles Kelly
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