Planet Earth: A Fresh Look at a Spectacular World

Planet Earth: A Fresh Look at a Spectacular World


By (author) Alastair Fothergill, Contributions by Sir David Attenborough, By (author) Jonathan Keeling, By (author) Vanessa Berlowitz, By (author) Mark Brownlow, By (author) Huw Cordey, By (author) Mark Linfield

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  • Publisher: BBC BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 260mm x 287mm x 24mm | 1,815g
  • Publication date: 5 October 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0563522127
  • ISBN 13: 9780563522126
  • Illustrations note: 200+ full colour photos
  • Sales rank: 278,917

Product description

Prepare yourself for a spectacular tour of the world's many habitats - each possessing its own unique mood -from the claustrophobic darkness of the Deep Ocean to the big skies of the Open Plains; the merciless, ever-expanding Deserts to the diminishing Jungles, teeming with violent life. The thread that binds them all is water - the precious element that has carved our world and makes all life possible - and only three percent of which on the entire Earth is fresh. Within each habitat, we take a journey of exploration. We find the hidden life - the animals who have yet to be extensively filmed, either through the inaccessibility of their habitat or their own elusive behaviour. Mass migration spectacles, blind cave fish, bioluminescent corals and rarely-seen large mountain cats, all beautifully captured by the world's best nature photographers. With a foreword by Sir David Attenborough, "Planet Earth" is the ultimate portrait of our planet, and the perfect companion piece to a truly historic television event.

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Author information

Alastair Fothergill studied zoology at the University of Durham and made his first film, on the Okavango, while still a student. Alastair joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1983, working on The Really Wild Show, Wildlife on One and the series The Trials of Life. He was appointed head of the unit in 1992, and during his tenure he produced the award-winning series Life in the Freezer. In June 1998 he stood down to concentrate on his role as series producer of the hugely successful The Blue Planet. He has also presented several television programmes, including The Abyss, and is the author of three books.

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"The book of the series Planet Earth is so lavish and loving, it borders on zoophilia." -- Jim Shelley The Guardian "Full of unique, high-quality photographs of some of our planet's rarest and most unusual life forms as well as engaging and authoritative text" The Bookseller "Lavish and spectacular, with beautifully photographed views of every kind" The Herald "Absolutely mind-blowing" The Good Book Guide "Illustrates and vocalises the journey in a lavish manner, depicting some of the world's greatest landforms and most remarkable wildlife with skill and pertinence... The perfect companion piece to a truly unparalleled television experience" Accent magazine