8 Geography Books That Will Make You See the Beauty in Our World

Exploring the incredible world around us is easy with our range of stunning geography books. Our range includes unusual atlases, fascinating geology guides and deep sea exploration books so you can fully explore the diversity and beauty of our planet from your own home. See untamed lands and the way the world used to be in our brilliant list of eight geography books that will make you see the beauty in our world...

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1. The Times Concise Atlas of the World

Times Atlases

Take a look at the world through this eye-opening (and huge!) atlas and be wowed by the beauty of our planet. There is stunning satellite imagery, 150 years of historical maps and a discussion about the geographical issues that our world is facing in this day and age. This thick and fascinating atlas is a must for all geography fans.

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2. Habitats

Hans Egger

This book is all about geology and the rock archive around Salzburg. So much information has been gathered about the history of the Earth from excursions to the rocks of Salzburg and Upper Bavaria. With fantastic photography and fascinating maps, this book is great for anyone interested in the history of the Earth dating back millions of years.

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3. The Eternal Darkness

Robert D. Ballard

Robert D. Ballard, famous for discovering the wreck of the Titanic, has written this book about his personal history of deep-sea exploration. Using science, history and personal anecdotes from his own expeditions, Robert puts together a fascinating book all about the work of the best explorers of the last century. Discover the beauty of the world from the bottom of the ocean in this truly amazing read.

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4. Atlas of Untamed Places

Chris Fitch

The real beauty of our world can be seen in the areas that are not inhabited by humans, the parts that are still wild, and that is what this unusual atlas is all about. This book is filled with some of the world's most wild and exotic places, from deserts to lakes to jungles. Take a journey through the most breath-taking places on Earth with the Atlas of Untamed Places.

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5. Earth Grids

Hugh Newman

This book by ancient sites expert Hugh Newman examines ancient maps which suggest the world was surveyed 12,000 years ago when the planet looked quite different. Hugh describes the various theories about the geometry of these ancient maps and discusses the world's sacred sites. This interesting little book will open your eyes to the world as it used to be.

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6. Deep Life

Tullis C. Onstott

Tullis C. Onstott's amazing book shows you the fascinating world beneath the Earth's crust. For years scientists believed life under the surface was impossible until Tullis has proved them wrong by studying the hidden biosphere and discovering the microbes that live there. Through Tullis's remarkable discoveries scientists may just be able to identify the origins of life, find out more in this brilliant read.

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7. The Un-Discovered Islands

Malachy Tallack

This book showcases some of the most famous mythical islands in the history of the world, including the lost city of Atlantis. A fascinating glimpse into the history of our understanding of geography and filled with stunning illustrations by Katie Scott, The Un-Discovered Islands is a great read for anyone who wants to read a more unusual geography book.

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8. Colliding Continents

Mike Searle

The Himalayas and Karakoram were formed by the Indian plate crashing into Asia; this is the biggest known collision in geological history and the focus of this book by Mike Searle. Using his own experiences mountaineering and an extensive amount of research, Mike describes the history and geography of one of the largest mountain range s on Earth.

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Explore the beauty of the world with these fantastic geography books, all of which would make stunning additions to your bookshelf.

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    A stunning book that comes in a protective slipcase, this fully revised and updated edition of The Times: Concise Atlas of the World provides beautiful and comprehensive reference mapping for countries across the world.

    The atlas covers all the most important geographical issues we face and the populations of the major cities are also included. Historical maps show the political make-up of the world over the past 150 years and there are also plans for 41 of the world's major cities.

    The expanded satellite imagery section contains overview images of each continent, and they're all complemented by further detailed images. A wonderful addition to any household, the reference book helps you explore the world without even having to leave your armchair.
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    Deep Life takes readers to uncharted regions deep beneath Earth's crust in search of life in extreme environments and reveals how astonishing new discoveries by geomicrobiologists are helping the quest to find life in the solar system. Tullis Onstott, named one of the 100 most influential people in America by Time magazine, provides an insider's look at the pioneering fieldwork that is shining vital new light on Earth's hidden biology--a thriving subterranean biosphere that scientists once thought to be impossible. Come along on epic descents two miles underground into South African gold mines to experience the challenges that Onstott and his team had to overcome. Join them in their search for microbes in the ancient seabed below the desert floor in the American Southwest, and travel deep beneath the frozen wastelands of the Arctic tundra to discover life as it could exist on Mars. Blending cutting-edge science with thrilling scientific adventure, Deep Life features rare and unusual encounters with exotic life forms, including a bacterium living off radiation and a hermaphroditic troglodytic worm that has changed our understanding of how complex subsurface life can really be. This unforgettable book takes you to the absolute limits of life--the biotic fringe--where today's scientists hope to discover the very origins of life itself.
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    Head into the unknown and discover some beautiful, mysterious and mythical landscapes in The Un-Discovered Islands, a hardback packed with beautiful illustrations.

    An exploration of some of the world's strangest places, this book gathers together two dozen islands that were once believed to be real but no longer exist on the map. These islands are products of imagination, deception and simple human error.

    From Atlantis to more obscure tales from all over the world, this is an atlas of legend and wonder that looks at ex-isles and forgotten lands from ancient history right up until the present day. Written by Guardian writer and 60 Degrees North author Malachy Tallack, this book features glorious full-colour artwork from Katie Scott.
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    Geology is not for the faint hearted!Ocean basins are pulled apart and disappear again, continents move and collide, mountain chains uplift and are then eroded, a rising sea level submerges land under water around the world, volcanic super-eruptions lead to global temperature falls, asteroids collide with the Earth and thereby erase nearly all lifeforms. Geology tells the long history of the Earth; it shows us what has happened on our planet and everything that can still happen. The rocks are the only archive where this history is recorded. This book invites you to browse the rock archive around Salzburg. 38 excursions lead us through 260 million years of the Earth History of Salzburg and Upper Bavaria. Until the year 1803, most of the localities presented here formed part of the Prince-bishopric of Salzburg for over 450 years and are therefore linked not only by their geological, but also by political and cultural history.Numerous colour photos and a variety of topographical maps make it easy to find the most striking geological features in the surroundings of Salzburg. Access to these areas by public transport is particularly indicated.
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    The crash of the Indian plate into Asia is the biggest known collision in geological history, and it continues today. The result is the Himalaya and Karakoram - one of the largest mountain ranges on Earth. The Karakoram has half of the world's highest mountains and a reputation as being one of the most remote and savage ranges of all. In this beautifully illustrated book, Mike Searle, a geologist at the University of Oxford and one of the most experienced field geologists of our time, presents a rich account of the geological forces that were involved in creating these mountain ranges. Using his personal accounts of extreme mountaineering and research in the region, he pieces together the geological processes that formed such impressive peaks.
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    In a world that has increasingly become tamed by human activity, the true wild holds a growing mysticism. Rugged landscapes with unspoilt scenery invoke romantic visions of paradise, but there are also intense and powerful wildernesses that produce fear and awe alike and unexplored zones where feral wildlife roams in the shadows. Chris Fitch takes you on a journey through the world's wildest places, visiting immensely diverse floral kingdoms, remote jungles abundant with exotic birds, and both freezing cold and scorching hot inhospitable environments. From these natural havens we travel to the extreme and the incredible: lightening inducing lakes, acidic mud baths, and man-eating tiger kingdoms. As well as those wildernesses being reclaimed by nature, such as Chernobyl, that after being left abandoned for years has returned to a natural wild habitat, free from human intervention. Not forgetting those most bizarre of destinations, such as the tidal surges of the Qiantang River, the bridge to Modo Island that emerges from the sea, and the strange magnetic pull of Jubuka rock. With beautiful maps and stunning photography, Atlas of Untamed Places is an intrepid voyage to nature's most unusual, unpredictable, and extraordinarily wild destinations.
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    Do ancient maps prove that the planet was surveyed 12,000 years ago? Were the poles once in a different position to where they are today? Is there a secret pattern joining the great sites of antiquity? In this revolutionary little book, ancient sites expert Hugh Newman outlines various theories concerning geometry in the distribution of sacred sites on Earth and comes to some startling conclusions. Illustrated throughout with fantastic graphics, this book will change your world. WOODEN BOOKS are small but packed with information. "Fascinating" FINANCIAL TIMES. "Beautiful" LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS. "Rich and Artful" THE LANCET. "Genuinely mind-expanding" FORTEAN TIMES. "Excellent" NEW SCIENTIST. "Stunning" NEW YORK TIMES. Small books, big ideas.
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    Until a few decades ago, the ocean depths were almost as mysterious and inaccessible as outer space. Oceans cover two-thirds of the earth's surface with an average depth of more than two miles--yet humans had never ventured more than a few hundred feet below the waves. One of the great scientific and archaeological feats of our time has been finally to cast light on the "eternal darkness" of the deep sea. This is the story of that achievement, told by the man who has done more than any other to make it possible: Robert Ballard. Ballard discovered the wreck of the Titanic. He led the teams that discovered hydrothermal vents and "black smokers"--cracks in the ocean floor where springs of superheated water support some of the strangest life-forms on the planet. He was a diver on the team that explored the mid-Atlantic ridge for the first time, confirming the theory of plate tectonics. Today, using a nuclear submarine from the U.S. Navy, he's exploring the ancient trade routes of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea for the remains of historic vessels and their cargo. In this book, he combines science, history, spectacular illustrations, and first-hand stories from his own expeditions in a uniquely personal account of how twentieth-century explorers have pushed back the frontiers of technology to take us into the midst of a world we could once only guess at. Ballard begins in 1930 with William Beebe and Otis Barton, pioneers of the ocean depths who made the world's first deep-sea dives in a cramped steel sphere. He introduces us to Auguste and Jacques Piccard, whose "Bathyscaph"descended in 1960 to the lowest point on the ocean floor. He reviews the celebrated advances made by Jacques Cousteau. He describes his own major discoveries--from sea-floor spreading to black smokers--as well as his technical breakthroughs, including the development of remote-operated underwater vehicles and the revolutionary search techniques that led to the discovery and exploration of the Titanic, the Nazi battleship Bismarck, ancient trading vessels, and other great ships. Readers will come away with a richer understanding of history, earth science, biology, and marine technology--and a new appreciation for the remarkable men and women who have explored some of the most remote and fascinating places on the planet.