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Earth from Space
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Spectacular images using the latest satellite-imaging technologies.

With thousands of orbiting satellites regularly sending back computer-generated images, no place on Earth is isolated -- the Himalayas are as easy to photograph as Manhattan. In addition to providing data that is vital for science and new technologies, satellite images can also be appreciated for their astonishing beauty.

The newest generation of satellites is extraordinarily powerful and accurate, recording the effects of human and natural forces and showing how Earth continues to change over time. Earth from Space explains how satellite imaging works and showcases some of the most remarkable photos of the planet ever produced.

Along with clearly written background sections and informative captions, Earth from Space includes hundreds of stunning images, including:

  • Coastal ports and major world cities
  • Military installations such as submarine fleets
  • Rebuilding lower Manhattan and the Pentagon after 9/11/01
  • Landscapes of wars -- including those in Iraq and Iran
  • Rainforests, wetlands, coral reefs, rivers and mountains
  • The devastating effects of deforestation and desertification.

Fully revised and updated, Earth from Space covers a world of subjects -- from aeronautics to ecology to commerce -- through unforgettable images.

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About the Author

Andrew K. Johnston is a geographer at the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, a research department in the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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First edition chosen as one of "Best Books for Junior High and Young Adult 2005" by Science Books and Films. [Review 1st edition: ] A vast and varied collection of images, accompanied by educational text on the conditions of the earth. First edition chosen as one of 'Best Books for Junior High and Young Adult 2005' by Science Books and Films. [Review of 1st edition:] Stunning perspective of the earth, which the author has skillfully represented. -- Gilbert Taylor "Booklist" (12/01/2004) [Review of 1st edition:] Telling photographs that show the beauty of our planet, and how much we have despoiled it. -- Kunio Francis Tanabe "Washington Post" (12/19/2004) [Review of 1st edition:] Beautifully illustrated book... the pictures are so stunning that the reader is immediately drawn to them. -- J.Z. Kiss "Choice" (04/01/2005) [Review of 1st edition:] Extraordinarily eye-opening book explores natural and urban landscapes. -- Charles Matthews "San Jose Mercury News" (11/28/2004) [Review of 1st edition:] Entertains while educating... a masterful association of imagery and explanation... I recommend this book highly. -- Roger L. Payne "Science Books and Films" (07/01/2005) [Review of 1st edition:] The highly informative coverage of land surfaces, ecological features, landscapes and urban images is exhaustive. -- Ian Gordan "Library Journal" (01/01/2005) [Review of 1st edition: ] Telling photographs that show the beauty of our planet, and how much we have despoiled it.--Kunio Francis Tanabe"Washington Post" (12/19/2004) [Review of 1st edition: ] Extraordinarily eye-opening book explores natural and urban landscapes.--Charles Matthews"San Jose Mercury News" (11/28/2004) [Review of 1st edition: ] Entertains while educating... a masterful association of imagery and explanation... I recommend this book highly.--Roger L. Payne"Science Books and Films" (07/01/2005) [Review of 1st edition: ] The highly informative coverage of land surfaces, ecological features, landscapes and urban images is exhaustive.--Ian Gordan"Library Journal" (01/01/2005) First edition chosen as one of the "Best Books for Junior High and Young Adult 2005" by Science Books and Films. [Review of 1st edition: ] A vast and varied collection of images, accompanied by educational text on the conditions of the earth. The WOW factor of this book is gigantic. ... For Baby Boomers like me who grew up admiring those first Mercury astronauts, books like this one simply reinforce our admiration for the people who make these remarkable achievements in technology useful to our everyday lives. But there's also no escaping the awe-inspiring splendor of the pictures in this book. This blend of scientific data and beautiful images make the book a delight both the mind and the eye. This lavishly illustrated book takes readers on a world tour from space.--Lindor Reynolds"Winnipeg Free Press" (12/14/2007) [Review of 1st edition: ] Stunning perspective of the earth, which the author has skillfully represented... The beauty of river deltas, typhoons, erupting volcanoes, and even Vermont's fall colors contribute to this browser's treasury.--Gilbert Taylor"Booklist" (12/01/2004) [Review of 1st edition: ] Many telling photographs that show the beauty of our planet, and how much we have despoiled it.--Kunio Francis Tanabe"Washington Post" (12/19/2004) [Review of 1st edition: ] Beautifully illustrated book... the pictures are so stunning that the reader is immediately drawn to them... Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers.--J.Z. Kiss"Choice" (04/01/2005) [Review of 1st edition: ] This extraordinarily eye-opening book explores natural and urban landscapes from a point of view that should make everyone worry about the fate of the planet.--Charles Matthews"San Jose Mercury News" (11/28/2004) [Review of 1st edition: ] A wonderful volume that entertains while educating... a masterful association of imagery and explanation... I recommend this book highly.--Roger L. Payne"Science Books and Films" (07/01/2005) Johnston has gathered amazing photos of our major cities, countries, and geographical highlights as seen from space.--Bill Robertston"Star Phoenix (Saskatoon)" (12/15/2007) Provides dazzling images of our world from a satellite's-eye-view, sometimes making us uncomfortable at just how much can be seen from those eyes in the sky.--Jodi DeLong"The Chronicle Herald (Halifax)" (12/09/2007)

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