Kingfisher Young People's Book of the Universe

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The Kingfisher Book of the Universe is a comprehensive and informative guide to our planet and beyond. Spectacular state-of-the-art illustrations offer a close-up look at our planet, the solar system and into the most far-flung corners of our universe. The opening chapters lay bare the structure of the earth from the outer surface to the inner core and examine the story of life on Earth, as well as the great natural forces that have shaped the planet. The central section takes a closer look at the oceans and ...

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Overview

The Kingfisher Book of the Universe is a comprehensive and informative guide to our planet and beyond. Spectacular state-of-the-art illustrations offer a close-up look at our planet, the solar system and into the most far-flung corners of our universe. The opening chapters lay bare the structure of the earth from the outer surface to the inner core and examine the story of life on Earth, as well as the great natural forces that have shaped the planet. The central section takes a closer look at the oceans and marine exploration, revealing amazing underwater landscapes and creatures that live there. The final section breaks free from Earth's gravity to explore the solar system, galaxies, black holes and the Universe's fascinating web of space and time. Along the way the reader will discover what happened in the first few seconds after the big bang, and find out how the Universe may end. Resources include a glossary, factfile, and index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753453278
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: Kingfisher Book of Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.37 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lambert has written more than eighty books for children and adults including the award-winning Kingfisher Book of Oceans and Seashores.

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Table of Contents

Dynamic Planet
Birth of the Earth 8
Spaceship Earth 10
Sky and Sea 12
Mantle Mysteries 14
Changing Continents 16
Under the Sea 18
Earth Revealed 20
The Living Core 22
The Restless Earth
Eruption! 24
Anatomy of a Volcano 26
Hotspots 28
Blowing Its Top 30
Volcanoes and People 32
Earthquake! 34
Earthquakes and People 36
Prediction and Prevention 38
Mountains 40
Air and Water
The Wind 42
The Weather 44
Weird Weather 46
The Climate 48
Climate Threat 50
Water Power 52
Floods and Droughts 54
Lands of Ice 56
Life Story
Changing Times 58
The Dawn of Life 60
Wonderful Life 62
The Fossil Sky 64
Invasion of the Land 66
The Real Jurassic Park 68
Kingdom of the Giants 70
Extinction 72
The Birds and the Bees 74
Creatures of the Ice 76
Our Ancestors 78
People and the Planet
Fuel from the Earth 80
Metals from the Earth 82
Gems from the Deep 84
Human Creators 86
Human Destroyers 88
The End of the Earth 90
The Changing Oceans
Planet Ocean 92
The Invisible Landscape 94
Tides 96
Waves 98
Ocean Life
Fish 100
Sea Mammals 102
Coral Reefs 104
Life in the Depths 106
Rocky Shores 108
Sand and Pebbles 110
People and the Oceans
Early Ocean Explorers 112
The Age of Exploration 114
Advances in Navigation 116
The Sea and the Arts 118
Food from the Sea 120
Hidden Dangers 122
Future Prospects 124
Exploring Space
A Place in the Cosmos 126
Looking Up 128
Looking Out 130
Rise of the Rocket 132
Race to the Moon 134
The Space Shuttle 136
Living in Space 138
Using Space 140
Earthwatch 142
The Solar System
The Solar System 144
Mercury 146
Venus 148
The Moon 150
Mars 152
Mission to Mars 154
Asteroids and Meteorites 156
Jupiter 158
Jupiter's Moons 160
Saturn 162
Saturn's Moons 164
Uranus 166
Neptune 168
Pluto 170
Comets 172
Stars
The Active Sun 174
Outside the Sun 176
Star Birth 178
Star Life 180
Star Death 182
Black Hole! 184
Out in Space, Back in Time
The Milky Way 186
Our Local Group 188
Expanding Universe 190
The Galactic Zoo 192
Violent Galaxies 194
Echoes of Creation 196
The Big Bang 198
The Great Unknown 200
Cosmic Questions
Beyond Time 202
The Search for E. T. 204
Impossible Questions 206
Reference
Universal Facts 208
Glossary 212
Index 218
Acknowledgments 224
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