The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth

Rachel Ignotofsky

The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth
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The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth

Rachel Ignotofsky

Beautifully combining art and science, The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth is an illustrated tour of the planet that reveals ecosystems large and small, from reefs, deserts, and rainforests to ponds, backyard gardens, and even a drop of water.

Through exquisite drawings, maps, and infographics, New York Times best-selling author Rachel Ignotofsky makes earth science accessible and entertaining, explaining how our planet works, from its diverse ecosystems and their inhabitants, to the levels of ecology, the importance of biodiversity, the carbon cycle, weather cycles, and more.

Perfect for nature-loving readers ages 10 and up, this is an utterly charming and educational guide to the world we live in.


This is a highly illustrated, fascinating guidebook to ecosystems, featuring key animals and plants. Rachel Ignotofsky, bestselling author and illustrator of Women in Science, delightfully displays both her love of natural environments and beautiful illustrative techniques.

The contents traverse the seven continents exploring unique landscapes. There are three Australian ecosystems featured, including the Great Barrier Reef and the Tasmanian rainforests. Detailed diagrams clearly depict the carbon, nitrogen and water cycles, as well as explain aquatic ecosystems. There is a chapter on the human relationship with the planet and some tips for reducing our impact. The text is clear and easy to comprehend, complemented by an excellent glossary and index. This highly informative yet uniquely beautiful book on ecosystems will be a delightful reference for anyone interested in learning more about our natural environment. For ages 8+.

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