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A lavish breathtaking look at the Earth as never seen before.

From the producer and author of THE BLUE PLANET, this is the ultimate portrait of our planet; the perfect companion piece to a truly landmark television event.
Prepare yourself for a spectacular tour of the world's many habitats, each possessing their own unique mood. From the claustrophobic darkness of the deep ocean, to the big skies of the open plains; the merciless, ever-expanding deserts to the diminishing jungles, teeming with violent life. The thread that binds them all is water - the precious element that has carved our world and which makes all life possible.
Discover hidden life - animals that have yet to be extensively filmed, either through the inaccessibility of their habitat or their own elusive behaviour. Witness mass migration spectacles, bioluminescent corals and rarely seen mountain cats, all beautifully captured by the world's best nature photographers.


Full of unique, high-quality photographs of some of our planet's rarest and most unusual life forms as well as engaging and authoritative text

The Bookseller

Lavish and spectacular, with beautifully photographed views of every kind

The Herald

Absolutely mind-blowing

The Good Book Guide

Illustrates and vocalises the journey in a lavish manner, depicting some of the world's greatest landforms and most remarkable wildlife with skill and pertinence.... The perfect companion piece to a truly unparalleled television experience

Accent magazine

This book is a must

Woman and Home

The book of the series Planet Earth is so lavish and loving, it borders on zoophilia.

Jim Shelley, The Guardian

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    October 2, 2006

    BBC Books

    312 pages

    RRP $59.99

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