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Michael Allaby is author of A Change in the Weather, A Chronology of Weather, and four volumes of the Biomes of the Weather series. Robert Coenraads, a leading gemologist, geologist, and geophysicist, is a lecturer at the Gemmological Association of Australia. Stephen Hutchinson is Senior Research Fellow at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, United Kingdom. Karen McGhee, a science writer and journalist, is a consulting author of the best-selling Encyclopedia of Animals (UC Press). John O'Byrne is Senior Lecturer and Director of Academic Programs at the University of Sydney School of Physics. Ken Rubin is Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Hawaii and at the Hawaii Center for Volcanology.
"The reference book for the planet, complete with thousands of photographs, illustrations, diagrams and maps."--Science News "For anyone keen to understand the many interwoven elements of Earth science... it offers an essential, and gorgeous, baseline."--Seed Magazine "Lavishly illustrated and easily accessible."--Library Journal "The amount of far-flung material stuffed into this book is staggering."--Washington Post Book World Anybody who's curious about the world ... will find this a fascinating tome to dip into over and over.--Los Angeles Times