Earth.JAMES F. LUHR, ED.
Using state-of-the-art imaging techniques, Luhr has created a dynamic and visually stimulating look at Earth from the inside out. Divided into five sections, this massive volume explores the land, ocean, atmosphere, tectonic structure, and physical history of our planet. Luhr teams with contributors from the Smithsonian Institution Smithsonian Institution, research and education center, at Washington, D.C.; founded 1846 under terms of the will of James Smithson of London, who in 1829 bequeathed his fortune to the United States to create an establishment for the "increase and diffusion of to dissect dissect /dis·sect/ (di-sekt´) (di-sekt´)
1. to cut apart, or separate.
2. to expose structures of a cadaver for anatomical study.
v. various facets of each topic, including rocks, minerals, mountains, geological formations, tropical rain forests, clouds, and forces shaping Earth's surface Noun 1. Earth's surface - the outermost level of the land or sea; "earthquakes originate far below the surface"; "three quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water"
surface , such as meteorite meteorite, meteor that survives the intense heat of atmospheric friction and reaches the earth's surface. Because of the destructive effects of this friction, only the very largest meteors become meteorites. impacts, erosion, and soil deposition. Photographs and diagrams bolster each description. Short profiles of scientists, as well as of specific rivers, glaciers, and volcanoes, provide context. A massive time line tracks the 4.56-billion-year history of the planet, and a glossary clarifies relevant terms. DK, 2003, 520 p., color photos/Illus., hardcover, $50.00.