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1001 natural wonders you must see before you die
Bright, Michael.
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Physical Description:
960 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.
Pub Date:
Barron's Educational Series, 2005.


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Melcher - Houston Public Library Adult Non-fiction Book 910.202 B855

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Tourists, nature lovers, and even armchair travelers will discover hours of pleasurable reading in this huge compendium of world-famous sites. They'll also find a wealth of ideas for their next vacation trip. It's a guide to the most spectacular natural sites--and sights-- around the world, from the magnificent Angel Falls in the Venezuelan rain forest to the fiery volcanic Mediterranean island of Stromboli, off the coast of Sicily. Other natural wonders include Glacier Bay, and Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska; Death Valley and Yosemite Park, California; the Rhine Valley in Germany; Mount Blanc in France; Mount Olympus in Greece; Mount Fuji in Japan; Easter Island; and for divers, spectacular places like the Mariana Trench in the Pacific. Here is a virtual circumnavigation of the globe, with each natural wonder, chosen for its grandeur and sheer beauty. Each location is profiled with a color photo, a description of its origin and present-day features, a thumbnail-size locator map, and a succinct table of statistics. For instance, this volume describes-- Ayers Rock, the 500-mile-circumference sandstone elevation that rises out of the flat central Australian Outback and is believed to be a holy place by Australia's Aborigines Bryce Canyon, Utah, a rugged, dramatic national park located just a few hours' drive from Salt Lake City Iguazu Falls, an extensive series of 275 waterfalls on the Brazil-Argentina border, described by one naturalist as an ocean pouring into an abyss
Here are breathtaking locations on every continent--sites so spectacular that once seen they are never forgotten. Hundreds of full-color photos.

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Library Journal Review

Along with 26 colleagues, Bright, an executive producer with the BBC's Natural History Unit, compiled this catalog of 1,001 natural wonders, that is, geological and physical phenomena and wonders of the animal kingdom. Arranged by continent, the entries are a page or two in length and include statistics and a capsule encyclopedia-like account; color pictures, accredited to the Nature Picture Library, accompanying most entries. Location, type, and general indexes make it easy to thumb through the text, although missing page numbers on some pages (because of the pictures) can confuse. Covering a varied terrain from Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland to Fiordland in South Island, New Zealand, this book is like a composite of myriad National Geographic magazines. In the same genre as Patricia Schulz's 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, 1001 Natural Wonders hits the high points of the natural world in all continents. Recommended for public libraries.-Ravi Shenoy, Naperville P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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