I seem to have a slightly different version of this book, but the content is primarily the same. This is pretty much an illustrated earth science book. Short explanations and descriptions of the general topics of earth science, touching on subjects like the evolution of the solar system, natural forces at work, various kinds of creatures and ecosystems, etc. The basic overviews are well-written and informative, but where this book really shines is the imagery. Another extensively illustrated book with high print quality. The definition in these images is amazing. I spent the better part of a weekend wandering through the evolution of this mysterious planet. Recommended if you like atlases and the like.