Editor: Kelly Knauer: Designer: Ellen Fanning: Picture Editor: Patricia Cadley:
Research/Writing Matthew P. Wagner, Matthew McCann Fenton Copy Editor: Bruce Christopher Carr
Time Inc. Home Entertainment: Richard Fraiman Publisher:
ISBN: 10: 1-60330-083-5: 13: 978-1-60320-083-7

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Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could travel the earth and beyond and experience some of the greatest discoveries in the fields of geography, paleontology, astronomy and archaeology? Time Great Discoveries:Explorations that Changed Hstory has now made this all possible from the comfort of our homes where we can explore the past, the planet earth, life on earth and the solar system.

Packed within one hundred and thirty six pages are stunning photographic evocations of some of the greatest earth wonders and mysteries that the editors combine with gripping tales of exploration and discovery. For samplers, you can read about Egypt's Indiana Jones, Zahi Hawass, the incredible calendars of stone and the new science of Archaeoastronomy, China's Clay Army, probing the demise of the Titanic, the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the opening up of the west, searching for the source of the Nile, and Britain's first enduring settlement in America, Jamestown. Did you know that on a day when conditions are right you can listen nearly ten miles away to the magnificent waters of Victoria Falls in South Africa between Zambia and Zimbabwe? Through the magic of photography, we can admire a gorgeous photo image of these fantatstic falls that were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989. How about the world's first computer that was created in the 2nd century B.C or as it is known as the Antikythera Mechanism. Most of us have heard about Yellowstone National Park with its spewing geysers and bubbling mud pots, however, how many realize that on New Year's Day 2009, five hundred tremors were recorded, and as mentioned “beneath Wyoming's famed hot spot, things are heating up again.”

The section dealing with exploring the past is particularly riveting when we learn that Zahi Hawass, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities announced in April 2009 that his team of archaeologists is getting ready for the final approach toward would could possibly be the tomb of Cleopatra. We are also given up-to-date information concerning fossilized dinosaur-birds of China and what they look like. In addition, we have some very interesting data from the swarm of craft now investigating Mars, Jupiter and the moons of Saturn.

Time editors have organized their well-researched stories in distinct sections mixing the past with the present with brilliant photos that help explain the history and background of these discoveries. The writing style is is clear and crisp and readers are not overwhelmed with hyperbole or adjectives. It truly is a remarkable coffee table book that will surely entertain you and your guests and no doubt inspire conversation or even alleviate boredom. As an added plus, many of the stories will probably serve as a catalyst in provoking you to do more research concerning some of the topics. Bon Voyage!

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