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1 Gemstones: a Pocket Companion
0785809724 / 9780785809722; Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but the study of gemstones is also a rewarding subject. Gemstones provides a comprehensive introduction to some of the world's most durable and beautiful natural resources. A fact-packed introduction is followed by a visual directory of various gemstone types. A broad range of individual entries present brief descriptions of each stone's characteristics, such as how to classify them. Each one is illustrated in color and is accompanied by an at-a-glance reference box which summarizes the key features of each particular jewel. This is a very handy reference volume. Includes an index. The binding is laminated and the same as the dust jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. ; 64 pages
Chartwell Books
Edison, New Jersey, U. S. A., 1998, 
Hardcover
Fine in Fine dust jacket

Illustrated by Photographs; 
002671; 
Price: 11.04 USD
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2 Amato, Ivan; Morrison, Philip (Foreword) Super Vision: a New View of Nature
What does nature really look like? In this magnificent volume, award-winning author Ivan Amato presents a comprehensive look at the best in scientific imagery, made with miscroscopes and telescopes, magnetic field detectors, chemical mapping probes and more. Amato accompanies each image with a lively explanation packed with information that tells readers what they are looking at and explains the underlying technology in a way that is easy to understand. World-famous physicist and author Philip Morrison contributes a fascinating and enlightening foreword. With Super Vision, much of what lies hidden in nature is revealed. Includes 200 illustrations, 170 plates in full color. Index and credits included. ; 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall
Harry N Abrams Inc
Boston, Massachusetts, U. S. A., 2003, First Edition
Hardcover
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Illustrated by Photographs; 
003729; 
Price: 20.24 USD
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3 Culver, David C. ; Kane, Thomas C. ; Fong, Daniel W. Adaptation and Natural Selection in Caves: the Evolution of Gammarus Minus
0674004256 / 9780674004252; The harsh environment of caves - dark, damp, sparse of food - is home to a variety of 'bizarre' creatures. Biologists, for their part, often treate thee delicate, colorless organisms having no eyes, or at least greatly reduced eyes, as mere oddities with little to tell us about a topic as grand as evolution. Focusing on one cave-dwelling crustacean, Gammarus minus, this books shows that, to the contrary, cave life can provide a valuable empirical model for the study of evolution, particularly adaptation. A detailed evolutionary study of a single organism in a particular environment, this book advances Gammarus minus as a paradigm for cave colonization and adaptation, and as a general case study of the role of natural selection and adaptation in evolution. " 223 pages, indexed, with references and glossary. Binding is cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Harvard Univ Pr
Cambridge, MA, 1995, First Edition
Original Cloth
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002374; 
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4 Drake, Gordon W. (editor) Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics Handbook
This is the first single volume to bridge the many interrelated disciplines of atomic, molecular, and optical physics (AMOP) . An invaluable ready reference for many scientists, this handbook offers a broad compendium of key AMOP ideas, formulae, techniques, and results. 88 chapters are divided into seven broad areas: Mathematical Methods, Molecules, Scattering Experiment, Applications, Atoms, Scattering Theory, and Quantum Optics. Includes a subject index and notations etc. Inside the binding. Very heavy, additional postage may be needed. ; 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall
American Institute Of Physics Press
Woodbury, NY, 1996, 
Hardcover
New with no dust jacket

Illustrated by Calculations; 
004051; 
Price: 46.00 USD
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5 Dwyer, Augusta Into the Amazon: Chico Mendes and the Struggle for the Rain Forest
1550132237 / 9781550132236; This book is the revealing story of the people who live in the Amazon Rain Forest: The rubber tappers, river people, small landholders and natives. Augusta Dwyer not only spoke to them, she lived among them, sharing their meals and their way of life. In addition, she was one of the few journalists to become close friends with Chico Mendes, interviewing him on a number of occasions. The last time was shortly before his death, while the center of a struggle between the forces of violence and destruction, acting in the name of progress, and the forces of tradition who were acting to preserve a way of life and an irreplaceable resource. What emerges from this account is more than the dissection of a topical issue; it is a committed and sensitive portrait of a region in turmoil, the outcome of which has consequences for us all. The black binding has gold lettering on the spine. Includes a glossary; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall
Key Porter Books
Toronto, On, Canada, 1990, First Edition
Hardcover
Fine in Fine dust jacket


003613; 
Price: 6.44 USD
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6 Ekrutt, Joachim Stars and Planets: a Companion Guide for Amateur Astronomers
0812047761 / 9780812047769; This book is a manual of the heavens that teaches you astronomy. It includes charts of the heavens for each month of the year for the northern and southern hemispheres. These are handy to take outdoors (with a small flashlight) to learn the different constellations. It also includes an A-to-Z dictionary of astronomical terms, lots of tips, including which planets can be seen without aid, and what can be seen with binoculars. There are many beautiful photographs of various star clusters, comets, and planets - 30 color photographs in all, and 175 star maps, charts and illustrations. A small piece of the information is no longer relevent as it concerned celestial events through the year 2000. Yet this book is very appropriate and easy to use for everything else about amateur astronomy! ; Octavo (standard book size); 159 pages
Barrons Educational Series Inc
Hauppauge, New York, U. S. A., 1992, 
Softcover
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002816; 
Price: 8.28 USD
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7 Feynman, Richard P.; Leighton, Robert B.; Sands, Matthew The Feynman Lectures on Physics; Mainly Mechanics, Radiation, and Heat; Commemorative Issue
0201510030 / 9780201510034; 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. . Illustrator: Diagrams, Photographs. Quantity Available: 1. ISBN: 0201510030. ISBN/EAN: 9780201510034. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 004049. Hardcover
Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.
Redwood City, CA, 1995, Reprint
Hardcover
New
No Jacket; 
Diagrams, Photographs; 
004049; 
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8 Gribbin, John Stardust
0713993367 / 9780713993363; Life begins with the process of star formation. Except for hydrogen, every single atom of every single element in our bodies has been manufactured inside stars and then scattered across the universe in great stellar explosions known as supernovae, only then to be recycled as part of us. The hydrogen is primordial material, produced in the Big Bang, but everything else has been built up in the burning hearts of stars. We are made of stardust. Here John Gribbin relates the series of breakthroughs in astronomy that have led to this almost unbelievable insight into human origins. 198 pages, including an extensive index and 8 pages of beautiful color photographs. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
New York, New York, U. S. A., 2000, First Edition
Hardcover
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Illustrated by Photographs; 
002020; 
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9 Harris, Nicholas The Incredible Journey to the Planets
1582091595 / 9781582091594; Jump from planet to planet through the series of windows cut in this book! What would it be like to make an amazing voyage through space, visiting each of the planets in turn? Find out by reading this fascinating and unique book. Whichever page you're on, you'll see all the planets in both directions. Start with Mercury, close to the burning heat of the Sun, then travel all the way out to lonely, freezing Pluto (okay, it's not a planet anymore! ) . Discover whether life really is possible on Mars, what Saturn's rings are really made of and why Jupiter's moon Europa may hold an exciting secret. Amazing facts, realistic illustrations of planetary landscapes and much more inside! There is light wear along the bottom edge and corner, and a small crease on the back. ; 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall
Orpheus
England, 1999, 
Softcover
Near Fine

Illustrated by Quigley, Sebastian; Hincks, Gary; 
003641; 
Price: 6.44 USD
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Green Inheritance: Saving the Plants of the World, Huxley, Anthony; Attenborough, Sir David (Foreword by)
10 Huxley, Anthony; Attenborough, Sir David (Foreword by) Green Inheritance: Saving the Plants of the World
NEW - STILL IN PUBLISHERS PLASTIC. Humans are entirely dependent on plants: We eat them, build with them, burn them for power, breathe the air they maintain, cure our ills with them. Yet we are destroying this fundamental resource at a terrifying rate. This extensively revised and updated edition of Anthony Huxley's magnificent global overview of our plant kingdom portrays the beauty, diversity, and history of wild and cultivated plants, highlighting their profound importance in our lives. With its beautiful color photographs, drawings, charts, diagrams, and superb text, this book describes the role of plants in the global environment and across cultures; shows how plants are used for so many things, and considers their role for us as objects of beauty. Full of intriguing stories about many individual plants, this remarkable book emphasizes just how essential our green inheritance is to the future of humanity. 192 pages, well illustrated. 9" x 10 1/2" tall
Univ. Of California Pr
Berkeley, 2006, 
Softcover
New


003401; 
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11 Kelley, Kevin W. (Conceived and edited by) , Cousteau, Jaques-Yves (Foreword by) The Home Planet
0201151979 / 9780201151978; Written for the Association of Space Explorers and co-published with the Soviet agency Mir. The Home Planet conveys the grandeur of Earth and the mysteries of space through 150 stunning photographs - many never before published - selected from the entire Soviet and American archives. The accompanying narrative, poetic, deeply personal, often funny, often spiritual, is woven from interviews and articles and air-to-ground transmissions, and loosely follows the chronology of a space mission. Together, images and text portray, as no previous book has, the bond between Earth and its inhabitants, and the connectedness among the many people who share this planet. Beautiful full-color photographs and a list of astronauts and their missions. The words provided by each astronaut are published in their native language and also in English. Unpaginated, the photographs are instead numbered. The binding is black cloth with gray lettering. The jacket has light wear to the top right corner. Heavy and oversized, additional postage may be required. ; Folio - over 12 - 15" tall
Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.
Reading, MA, 1988, Unknown
Hardcover
Fine in Near Fine dust jacket

Illustrated by Photographs; 
004052; 
Price: 16.56 USD
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12 Levinson, Paul Realspace: the Fate of Physical Presence in the Digital Age, on and off Planet
0415277434 / 9780415277433; Cyberspace takes us to any part of the planet we want to visit. But as Paul Levinson shows in his brilliant book, when it comes to essential aspects of life, we prefer to take our bodies with us. Whether it's trains, planes, scooters or pogo sticks, we want to really move through our world. Is planet Earth the end of the line, or is space itself the next step? Full of fascinating examples, the author asks why there is a deep-seated human desire to know what's "out there. " Black binding with dust jacket. Includes bibliography and index.; 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall
Routledge
New York, NY, 2003, First Edition
Hardcover
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003800; 
Price: 14.72 USD
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13 Manners, Terry Moonshadow : Story of the Total Eclipse
023399680X / 9780233996806; The daytime sky turns an eerie, deep, dark purple and then black. Earth's tides are thrown into confusion. This is the moment a solar eclipse becomes total, the moment that has frightened and fascinated mankind since prehistoric times. This book reveals the story of solar eclipses through time, and describes and explains how they work. This is the story of the solar eclipse. Includes a bibliography and information on how to view an eclipse safely. ; 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall
Chameleon Books
Great Britain, 1999, First Edition
Hardcover
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Illustrated by Photographs; 
002727; 
Price: 11.04 USD
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What is Life?, Margulis, Lynn & Sagan, Dorion; Eldredge, Niles (Foreword by)
14 Margulis, Lynn & Sagan, Dorion; Eldredge, Niles (Foreword by) What is Life?
0684810875 / 9780684810874; A Peter N. Nevraumont book. What is life? Is a scientific and philosophical exploration of this most fascinating question. What is death? ; they delve into the origins of life and examine Earth's status as a superorganism, the biological connection between programmed death and sex, the symbiotic evolution of the five organic kingdoms (bacteria, protoctists, animals, fungi, and plants) , the solar basis of the global heat-exchange economy, and the startling suggestion that life - not only human life - is free to act and has played an unexpectedly large part in its own evolution. Illustrated primarily in color, including microscopic views. Included are endnotes, illustration credits and an index. There is a 1/2" black mark on the bottom pages. The binding is orange; the jacket has a repaired 3/4" tear at the top front by the flap. The jacket is in a protective cover. ; 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall
Simon & Schuster
New York, NY, 1995, First Edition
Hardcover
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Illustrated by Photographs; 
004048; 
Price: 25.76 USD
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15 Matthiessen, Peter African Silences
0679400214 / 9780679400219; The expeditions traced in this book are to West Africa in part for a wildlife survey of Senegal, Gambia, and the Ivory Coast. Eastward to Zaire in search of the rare Congo peacock, and in early 1986 the author returned to central Africa with an ecologist. This is a lyrical and sobering account of vanishing worlds and what is replacing them. Through Matthiessen's eyes we see elephants, white rhinos, gorillas, and other endangered creatures in the wild. We share the drama of the journeys themselves, and are made aware of the human lives oppressed by bankrupt political regimes and threatened by the ravaging of land and wildlife. The ivory marbled binding is fine, as is the heavy flecked dust jacket. The end papers are maps. ; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall
Random House, Incorporated
New York, Ny, U. S. A., 1991, First Edition
Hardcover
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000555; 
Price: 11.04 USD
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African Silences, Matthiessen, Peter
16 Matthiessen, Peter African Silences
0679400214 / 9780679400219; The author explores new terrain on a continent he has written about powerfully in two previous books. His travels from Egypt to Tanganyika and to West Africa on a wildlife survey to Senegal, Gambia, and the Ivory Coast, continuing eastward to Zaire are the main travels in this book. In Zaire he was in search of the rare Congo peacock, and later returned to determine the status of the small forest elephant in the Congo Basin. It is a lyrical and sobering account, a portrait of vanishing worlds and what is replacing them. The inside covers are decorated with a map. ; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall
Random House
New York, NY, 1991, Unknown
Hardcover
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004139; 
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17 Miller, Arthur I. Empire of the Stars: Obsession, Friendship, and Betrayal in the Quest for Black Holes
061834151X / 9780618341511; Astronomy buffs and readers fascinated by the history of science will find this a compelling read. " - Publishers Weekly. Empire of the Stars is the dramatic untold story of a bitter scientific rivalry begun in 1935 between the young astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar and Sir Arthur Eddington, the leading astrophysicist of the time - a rivalry that led to the discovery of black holes yet hindered the progress of astrophysics for nearly 40 years. 364 pages, including photographs. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Houghton Mifflin Company
New York, 2005, First Edition
Hardcover
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Illustrated by Photographs; 
002176; 
Price: 14.72 USD
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18 Morris, Desmond Human Sexes a Natural History of Man and Woman
0563383585 / 9780563383581; Human sexuality has always been a fascinating and controversial subject. This book looks at the difference between men and women and investigates how their roles have changed since primitive times. Morris' research indicates that, contrary to popular belief, our ancient ancestors practised a form of sexual equality and that it was only with the rise of ubanization that the delicate balance of the sexes was disturbed. Provocative and challenging, The Human Sexes is the story of man's struggle to find a new kind of equality between the sexes. 254 pages including a bibliography and index. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.
BBC Books
London, United Kingdom, 1997, First Edition
Hardcover
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Illustrated by Photographs; 
002016; 
Price: 9.23 USD
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19 Murdock, George Peter Our Primitive Contemporaries
This is an interesting book on anthropology which covers 17 tribes. The author was a Professor of Anthropology at Yale University. It is well-illustrated, including photographs and drawings. Most are black & white, but there are some color plates. 614 pages with a bibliography and an extensive index. The red cover has gold lettering against black. The binding is loose at the top but tight at the bottom. The inside covers show where the tribes discussed are located on maps. There is a mark on the front, presumably from a price sticker. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
The MacMillan Company
New York, 1964, 
Hardcover
Very Good with no dust jacket

Illustrated by Photographs; 
001930; 
Price: 7.82 USD
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20 Otte, Jean Pierre The Courtship of Sea Creatures
0807614866 / 9780807614860; Filled with wit and wisdom, The Courtship of Sea Creatures is a playful meditation on the sexual strategies of sea life found along the shores of Brittany. The author arrives at the coast with a heightened awareness of every dank odor, the slightest rustle of the water on the sand, and the changing light of the vast sky. Thrusting his hands into a transparent tidal pool, he is off on another round of observations. His viewpoint is ironic, witty, poetic and wise. He finds sea urchins in congregations of "indifferent promiscuity. " He describes the melancholy of lobsters, who must mate in "armor, " and the reverie of a mussel in her shell as she dreams "in the heart of a set and oblong darkness. " In a final scene on the beach, he shares an intense, sexually charged moment with a woman as they open and ingest some of these sea creatures, which have been the object of his scrutiny, the subject of his musings, and the inspiration of his poetic language. This dramatic moment brings us face to face with the universal drive to mate shared by all living creatures. 99 pages. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
George Braziller
New York, 2001, First Edition
Hardcover
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002057; 
Price: 13.80 USD
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21 Russell, Jerry & Renny On the Loose
This book - a Sierra Club publication - is a chronicle of triumph and tragedy. The triumph of gaining an insight about oneself through an understanding of the natural world; the tragedy of seeing the splendor of the world increasingly threatened by men who don't know or don't care. Mostly color photographs tell the story of beautiful moments in Yosemite, the High Sierra, the Great Basin, Glen Canyon, and in a few backyards. The text is augmented by quotations from many well-known individuals including George Bernard Shaw, Steve McQueen, Aldo Leopold, James Joyce and Thoreau. The pages are fine; the cover is discolored and lightly worn around the edges of the front. Includes index of photographs. ; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall
Ballatine Books
New York, NY, 1971, Unknown
Softcover
Very Good

Illustrated by Photographs; 
003805; 
Price: 10.12 USD
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What is Natural? Coral Reef Crisis, Sapp, Jan
22 Sapp, Jan What is Natural? Coral Reef Crisis
During the late 1960s and 1970s, massive herds of poisonous crown-of-thorns starfish suddenly began to infest coral reef communities around the world, leaving in their wake devastation comparable to that of a burnt-out rain forest. Discussions of the causes and effects of the starfish plague involved virtually every environmental issue of our time: Overfishing, pesticide use, atomic testing, rain forest depletion, and overpopulation. While many marine scientists and environmentalists demanded that action be taken to stop the plagues, others maintained that the epidemic is a natural feature of coral-reef life, and ecological "balance of nature" that should not be tampered with. The starfish plagues are arguably one of the most mysterious ecological phenomena of the current time. Through the window of this singular even, this book lucidly illustrates the complexity of environmental issues while probing the most fundamental questions about the relationship between man and nature. 275 pp. , with index and endnotes. 6" x 9 1/4" tall
Oxford Univ. Press
New York, 2003, First Softcover Edition
Softcover
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003415; 
Price: 10.12 USD
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23 Standage, Tom The Neptune File: a Story of Astronomical Rivalry and the Pioneers of Planet Hunting
0802713637 / 9780802713636; The Neptune File is the first full account of the dramatic events surrounding the eighth planet's discovery, and the story of two remarkable men who were able to "see" on paper what astronomers looking through telescopes for more than 200 years had overlooked. In June, 1941, John Couch Adams, a brilliant young mathematician at Cambridge University, chanced upon a report by England's Astronomer Royal, George Airy, describing unsuccessful attempts to explain the mystifying orbital behavior of the plan Uranus, discovered 65 years earlier. Adams theorized that Uranus's orbit was being affected by the gravitational pull of another, as-yet-unseen planet. Four years later, his daring mathematical calculations pinpointed the planet's location, but George Airy failed to act on them - a controversial lapse that would have international repercussions. The Neptune File is a crackling good human drama and a fascinating exploration of the science that underpins planetary astronomy. 240 pages, including notes, sources, and index. The jacket is scuffed. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Walker & Company
New York, New York, U. S. A., 2000, First Edition
Hardcover
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Illustrated by Photographs, Diagrams; 
001742; 
Price: 7.38 USD
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24 Tattersall, Ian The Monkey in the Mirror: Essays on the Science of What Makes Us Human
0151005206 / 9780151005208; Widely regarded as one of the rare eminent scientists who is also a graceful writer, Ian Tattersall takes up some of the most controversial questions in evolutionary theory in this extraordinary set of essays. Tattersall stresses that living creatures, including humans, are not finely enginered organisms with every component perfectedly adapted to their function. We are - thank goodness - jury-rigged, improvised beings, owing as much to chance as to adaptation. And that's true of all living creatures. Evolutionary theory isn't a finite set of conlcusions based on overwhelming evidence: It's our evolving effort to make sense out of a handful of incomplete fossil remains. The fundamental questions of our origins - and our evolutionary future - find new life in this extraordinary book, full of delightful stories, scientific wisdom, and fresh insight. 203 pages. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Harcourt
Orlando, Florida, U. S. A., 2001, First Edition
Hardcover
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002861; 
Price: 12.88 USD
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The Deep Sea, Wallace, Joseph
25 Wallace, Joseph The Deep Sea
0831721774 / 9780831721770; With informative and entertaining text, this magnificient volume takes a fascinating voyage to the region of the sea previously seen only by researchers in submersible vessels. Beautifully illustrated with over 100 photographs, you can see how a remarkable robot submarine helped locate and explore the wreckage of the Titanic; how newly discovered creatures living miles beneath the surface exist in a world without light; how ocean drilling can provide evidence of the Earth's climate millions of years ago by gathering samples of its core and much more. Complete with sources and useful addresses of exhibits and research institutes, as well as a bibliography for further reading, this book will delight any ocean or science enthusiast of student. ; 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall
Gallery Books
Gallery Books, 1987, First Edition
Hardcover
Fine in Near Fine dust jacket

Illustrated by Hawthorne, Philip (Photo Editor); 
003896; 
Price: 11.50 USD
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