Synopses & Reviews
From space, Earth is a magnificent sight, splashed with vivid colors, patterns, textures, and abstract forms. Views from above can also provide telling information about the health of our planet. To help us understand the more than 150 breathtaking satellite photographs in Earth from Space
, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, an aerial photographer and devoted environmental activist, discusses the impact of deforestation, urban sprawl, intensive farming, ocean pollution, and more. Using high-resolution imagery, we can monitor the evolution of vegetation around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site, snow loss on Mount Kilimanjaro, and the health of migratory bird populations. Earth from Space
and#8217;s compelling selection of satellite images raises important questions about our future, while also showcasing the planetand#8217;s beautyand#8212;leaving no doubt that it is something crucial to protect.
A team from the Smithsonian Institution working under the direction of Luhr, who is with the US National Museum of Natural History, have put together a stunning picture book of their home planet. The format is reminiscent of an atlas, but the subject matter is topical rather than cartographic. The sections cover the history of Earth, the land, the oceans, the atmosphere, and the seven tectonic plates that underlie the surface. The first American edition was published in 2003; this seems to be a revision or reprint of the 2005 compact edition.
About the Author
is the founder of GoodPlanet, an organization dedicated to preserving the environment, and the award-winning author of more than forty books, including the international bestseller Earth from Above