160 pages, 135 col illus
Features 135 splendid colour photographs, ranging from vast rock-landscapes recorded in Europe, America, Australia, and Iceland right down to finely detailed images of a few square millimetres. Close-ups of crystals, gems, and fossils are alternated with micro-images of the minute textures and patterns that emerge from thin, translucent sections of rocks and minerals.
From reviews of the Dutch-language edition - "!a stunningly illustrated guide to rocks, crystals, geodes, fossils, minerals and all manner of other things geological." Nature "This beautifully illustrated large "library table book"! (is) a worthwhile treasure for browsing! Just wait until you see Wiersma's oftentimes breathtakingly colorful photographs and his microphotographs!" HGS Bulletin "I never saw a geological book like this, and I probably never will again! It is not just a photo book: one should rather consider it an art book. Photographs as an expression of art; and art with the earth sciences as the object!. They show how well Wiersma manages to discover the beauty of the earth!" J. Sedimentary Research From the reviews: "The author tries to show the beauty of his scientific world to a broad and general public. I think he really succeeded ! covering the whole gamma of his working field. As a geologist he shows us ! landscapes of splendid rocks and forms, the result of geological processes as mountain formation and erosion. ! The merit of the book is the skilful photography and the very artistic composition of the images ! ." (Herman Goethals, Geologica Belgica, Vol. 8(1-2), 2005) "This book brings together the author's fascinations for geology and photography. The photographs range over a scale from whole landscapes down to the microscopic. In the field the rocks can be seen in their natural settings -- in mountains, outcrops, riverbeds, on the coast and in quarries. ! On the microscopic scale there is yet another universe with finer details and abstractions. ! There is a short explanatory text to accompany the plates." (Book News on the Internet, January, 2005) "Photo-artist Wiersma gets up close to geological sparklers and captures them lovingly on large format film. The result is a treasure trove, as his trained eye reveals details, colours, textures and relationships that most of us either miss or take for granted. ! This is an ideal present for a geologist, and more serious photographers will appreciate it too." (Nick Chang, Focus, October, 2004)
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