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This leading dictionary - now in its fourth edition - offers wide-ranging and authoritative coverage of the earth sciences and related topics in over 7,500 clear and accessible entries. Coverage includes geology, planetary science, oceanography, palaeontology, mineralogy, and volcanology, as well as climatology, geochemistry, and petrology. This new edition has been fully updated with 150 new entries added, with expanded coverage of geology and... more...

Exploring such topics as the size of the Earth and how its lands and seas are distributed, this book discusses the history of this planet, from the study of fossils to the development of the theory of plate tectonics.

With the topics of weather and climate increasingly at the forefront of world attention, it is important to understand the relevant terms, definitions, and phenomena that one may be familiar with. Including more than 2000 entries, this handbook offers basic information about atmospheric processes, the sciences of climatology and meteorology, and the people who have made their mark in these disciplines.

By far the most vehement storm known on Earth, the tornado has an average life span of no more than half an hour. Yet, during that time, it will expend about as much energy as is used to light the streets of New York City for one night. This updated and revised volume in the Dangerous Weather series explores tornadoes. Organized and written in an easy-to-follow style, author Michael Allaby answers the most important questions students and... more...


This must-have reference will help you navigate the complex world of science. It defines more than 6,000 words from 16 branches of science that are of particular interest to gardeners, from abscission (a plant’s rejection of an organ) to zoochary (the dispersal of seeds by animals). Hundreds of illustrations clarify key definitions and help explain abstract concepts.  Definitions reflect the latest developments in science... more...

This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date paperback dictionary of botany available. Drawing on the information contained in the acclaimed Oxford Dictionary of Natural History, the text has been fully revised for this new edition, with over 5500 clear and concise entries. The Dictionary of Botany will be invaluable to students, amateur botanists and naturalists, and everyone with an interest in plants and their environments. Key features of the... more...

You may be at the whim of a changing climate, but you don’t have to let it ruin your garden. Weather expert Michael Allaby comes to the rescue with practical advice on adapting your garden to create optimum conditions for plants. You’ll learn how weather works, how to predict different conditions, and how to make the best of meteorological highs and lows. And you’ll discover fascinating insights into climate change, cloud... more...

This updated and revised volume in the Dangerous Weather series explores the cold weather phenomenon blizzards. Organized and written in an easy-to-follow style, author Michael Allaby answers the most important questions students and non-specialists have about blizzards and he provides a general overview of the current information that shapes the way blizzards are understood and studied. Featured coverage includes the definition of a blizzard;... more...

This dictionary is a comprehensive and up-to-date reference work on all aspects of the study of animals. Now fully revised for this new edition, with over 5,000 entries, it is ideal for students and will be invaluable to amateur naturalists and all those with an interest in the subject. Key features of this second edition: * Wide coverage including animal behavior, ecology, physiology, genetics, cytology, evolution, Earth history, zoogeography *... more...