Philip's Nature Encyclopedia

Philip's Nature Encyclopedia

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Philip's Nature Encyclopedia is a highly illustrated, single-volume thematic encyclopedia. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in natural history, as well as providing a home reference for secondary school students and beyond. It has been compiled and authenticated by a team of highly respected academics. The 6,500 encyclopedic entries cover all aspects of natural history, from the rich diversity of the Earth's flora and fauna and their habitats, through significant biological processes to the more pressing issues of today, such as conservation, pollution and global warming. Thousands of cross-references take the reader to associated articles. Some 30 special interest topics, including evolution, DNA and heredity, are covered in individually designed, single or double-page features. Philip's Nature Encyclopedia is a pleasure to browse. More than 1,000 colour illustrations, including photographs, diagrams and tables, complement the articles, providing information that could not be presented so clearly with words alone.This encyclopedia also features a 'Ready Reference' section, which provides a wealth of at-a-glance information, including endangered and threatened species, ecosystem conversions, major botanical gardens and natural history more

Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 226.06 x 294.64 x 35.56mm | 1,950.44g
  • Octopus Publishing Group
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1000 colour diagrams, tables and photographs
  • 0540080039
  • 9780540080038

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First published in 1992 as the Family Encyclopedia of Nature, this valuable one-volume reference, designed for nonspecialists (adults and older children), has been fully updated to 1998 and more detailed colour illustrations have now been added. The result is much more sophisticated than most books in this genre. The main body of two-page spreads explain complex concepts such as how birds fly, how bees and wasps make this nests, how plants compete and defend themselves. Other sections of the book explain how each of the earth's ecosystems works. The final spreads treat the problems of nature conservation and pollution. Throughout the book, the layout includes good explanatory colour illustrations that help the text achieve a real depth of understanding. (Kirkus UK)show more