Natural History

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A landmark in reference publishing and overseen and authenticated by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, Natural History presents an unrivaled visual survey of Earth's natural history. Giving a clear overview of the classification of our natural world-over 6,000 species-Natural History looks at every kingdom of life, from bacteria, minerals, and rocks to fossils to plants and animals. Featuring a remarkable array of specially commissioned photographs, Natural History looks at ...

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Overview

A landmark in reference publishing and overseen and authenticated by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, Natural History presents an unrivaled visual survey of Earth's natural history. Giving a clear overview of the classification of our natural world-over 6,000 species-Natural History looks at every kingdom of life, from bacteria, minerals, and rocks to fossils to plants and animals. Featuring a remarkable array of specially commissioned photographs, Natural History looks at thousands of specimens and species displayed in visual galleries that take the reader on an incredible journey from the most fundamental building blocks of the world's landscapes, through the simplest of life forms, to plants, fungi, and animals.

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Gr 5 Up—A dazzling visual introduction to natural history. This oversize volume, which marks the centennial of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, begins with an explanation of how the information is arranged, including a discussion of the measurements, icons, and abbreviations used throughout the text. The first chapter offers a brief introduction to Earth, and its geology and life-forms, followed by separate, extensive chapters devoted to minerals, rocks, and fossils; microscopic life; plants; fungi; and animals ("the largest kingdom"). Each chapter consists of sections representing major taxonomic classifications and within these sections lower taxonomic groups are discussed. Numerous pictorial galleries highlight varieties of specific species. Scattered throughout are feature profiles that offer in-depth analyses of single specimens (white water lily, cane toad, etc.). Pages dedicated to a specific life-form include a chart that indicates phylum, class, orders, families, and species. The information provided for each entry (both common names and Latin names are included) is generally brief and limited to two or three sentences. The stunning color photographs (totaling more than 5000) and the volume's encyclopedic approach make it a welcome addition.—Maren Ostergard, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756667528
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/4/2010
  • Pages: 648
  • Sales rank: 87,759
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2011

    Many nice photos and information of a variety of Earthly inhabitants, great visual guide.

    This is an excellent guide--it is like a giant field/aquatic guide of sorts with lots of information and great photos of almost every everything on Earth, but of course, it does not cover all--that is every thing on Earth in-depth, etc. This is good for any age as a reference, or to learn what books one needs for a more in-depth view. Great going again for DK publishing that produces an excellent visual guide product.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    Highly recommeded! YOU MUST CHECK THIS BOOK OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this is truely the the ultimate visual guide to everything on earth! Very thick, lots of nice photos. YOU MUST GET THIS BOOK! It shows almost all the kinds of planets in the world. Nice HUGE pictures of tigers and polar bears. If you don't like big thick books with lots of words and pictures, then you are missing out on one of the coolest books ever made.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    Awesome book

    This book will be a hig hit thank you

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