Extreme Earth is the book that will make earth sciences sexy, and is destined to be the must-buy gift book of the Christmas season. It is aimed at any reader who is interested but not necessarily schooled in science and our environment, making the subject beautiful, accessible and entertaining.
Each section is written by a well-known scientist in his or her field, with additional text throughout the book from bestselling writers – including Sebastian Junger, Simon Winchester, Dervla Murphy, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ellen MacArthur, Sara Wheeler and other well-known figures with personal experience of the places featured.
The book is divided into four chapters: Earth, Fire, Air and Water. Each section celebrates the natural world's most astonishing phenomena: the most active volcano, the highest waterfall, the bluest landscape, the driest desert, the deepest lake, the highest tsunami, to name but a few. Photographs include little-seen landscapes, satellite images and other contemporary views of the planet. They are supported by state-of-the-art, informative text written in spirited language and peppered with thought-provoking quotes. Extreme Earth combines topics that other books have tackled individually in one awe-inspiring package that celebrates the power and fragility of our planet.