The wondrous workings of planet Earth Understanding our world and its ecosystems

Rachel Ignotofsky, 1989-

Book - 2018

The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth is an illustrated tour of the planet that reveals ecosystems large and small, from reefs, deserts, and rain forests to ponds, backyard gardens, and even a drop of water. Through exquisite drawings, maps, and infographics, 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, weathe...r cycles, and more.

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New York : Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC [2018]
First edition
Item Description
Illustrations on endpapers.
Physical Description
127 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 27 cm
Includes bibliographical references (page 122) and index.
Main Author
Rachel Ignotofsky, 1989- (author)
  • Introduction
  • Levels of ecological organization
  • Biome map
  • What is an ecosystem?
  • The flow of energy
  • The classification of living things
  • How living things interact
  • What makes a healthy ecosystem
  • Succession
  • Microecosystems
  • Microscopic ecosystems
  • North America. The Redwood Forest ; The Northern Great Plains ; The Florida Mangrove Swamp ; The Mojave Desert
  • South America. The Amazon Rainforest ; The Atacama Desert ; The Pampas ; The Tropical Andes
  • Europe. The Moorland of the British Isles ; The Mediterranean Basin ; The Alps
  • Asia. The Northeast Siberian Taiga ; The Indochina Mangroves ; The Eastern Mongolian Steppe ; The Himalayan Mountains
  • Africa. The Congo Rainforest ; The African Savanna ; The Sahara Desert ; The Cape of Africa
  • Australia. The Australian Savanna ; The Tamanian Temperate Rainforest ; The Great Barrier Reef
  • The Polar Ice Caps. The Arctic Circle ; The Antarctic Tundra
  • Aquatic Ecosystems. The open ocean ; The deep ocean ; Rivers ; Lakes
  • The cycles of nature. The carbon cycle ; The nitrogen cycle ; The phosphorus cycle ; The water cycle ; Plants
  • Humans and Planet Earth. The farm ; The city ; Human impacts on nature ; Climate change ; Protecting our planet
  • Glossary.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

An introduction to ecology explains biomes, the classifcation of living things, and succession; examines major ecosystems around the world; and discusses natural cycles and the role of humans.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An illustrated tour of the planet exploring ecosystems large and small, from reefs, deserts, and rainforests to a single drop of water—from the New York Times bestselling author of Women in Science.   Making earth science accessible and entertaining through art, maps, and infographics, The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth explains how our planet works—and how we can protect it—from its diverse ecosystems and their inhabitants, to the levels of ecology, the importance of biodiversity, the cycles of nature, and more. Science- and nature-loving readers of all ages will delight in this utterly charming guide to our amazing home.