Twenty stunning postcards capture the diversity and magnificence of our planet.
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Ecology, a science scarcely a century old, aims to give its practitioners an approach to understanding how whole natural systems--for example, watersheds, deserts, and estuaries--work. Few books translate this aim as well as Earth from Above, a stunning collection of photographs that affords its viewers a window into the world's workings. It is something of a commonplace, for instance, that the large-scale logging now being visited on the world's rainforests is causing untold damage to tropical ecosystems. In French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand's hands, this problem is translated from arid fact to alarming image, giving immediate meaning to the statistics that underlie today's environmental headlines; his photographs of the ruins of rural Madagascar, where forests are being cleared at a rate of 1,500 square kilometers (580 square miles) annually, are a sad case in point.
Arthus-Bertrand, working with the support of UNESCO, has wandered the globe to gather this collection of more than 200 photographs, presented in a folio format. The images are uniformly striking, whether of stalagmite-like fans of algae spreading into the Mediterranean Sea, farmers working their fields in northern India, or destroyed Iraqi tanks littering the deserts of Kuwait. The accompanying text, captions, and short essays by some of France's leading scientists and social critics lend specific depth to the images, which will cheer few readers--but that will shock, and educate, and, with luck, inspire closer attention to the world around us. --Gregory McNameeFrom the Publisher:
The result of a five-year airborne odyssey across five continents and 60 countries, Earth from Above is the most revealing and spectacular portrait of our world ever created. From a heart-shaped mangrove forest in New Caledonia to a flock of red ibises in Venezuela, from a caravan of camels in Mauritania to Mt. Everest and Mammoth Hot Springs, re nowned aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand presents nearly 200 striking color images that put our home planet in a whole new perspective. Produced under the sponsorship of UNESCO, the book is also a unique documentary record of the earth's fragile ecosystems at the dawn of the new millennium. Commentaries by noted specialists illuminate what we see-and explain exactly what we stand to lose as demographic pressures put more stress on the environment. 170 photographs in full color, 416 pages, 1011/2 x 14 33/8" Advertising: New York Times Book Review Yann Arthus-Bertrand is the author of more than 40 books, including Abrams' New York from the Air, Greece from the Air, and Good Breeding (see page 17). Sophie Bessis is a historian and economist; Paul Blanquart is a philosopher and sociologist; Jean-Paul Delage Is a physician and historian of science; Pierre Gentelle is a geographer and archaeologist; Jacques Vron is a demographer; Astrid Avundo is a naturalist; and Frdric Marchand is an ethnologist and anthropologist.
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Descripción Harry N. Abrams, 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0810932679
Descripción Harry N Abrams Inc, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine/New. Yann Arthus-Bertrand Photos Ilustrador. NEW! Gift Quality copy, still in publisher's shrinkwrap. The result of a five-year airborne odyssey across five continents, published around the world to critical and popular acclaim. This copy is PRISTINE! Binding is strong and tight, pages are clean and bright. No remainder mark. DJ equally Fn, all still in shrinkwrap. No finer copy for this price! Due to the size and weight of this title (over 9 pounds) additional shipping may be required; please inquire. Size: 14-1/2 x 11-1/2 Inches. Nº de ref. de la librería 10-400208
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Descripción Harry N. Abrams. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0810932679 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.1328184