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The latest of several recent books showcasing satellite and shuttle photographs and digital images, this one is the creation of a geologist/curator at the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution and a geographer at the center. It is no surprise, therefore, that it offers a precis of how remote sensing works and a nice guide to space-based sensors--one that includes information on obtaining copies of sensor-collected images. It is unremarkable, too, that the text is authoritative on the geologic and physical-geographic aspects of the images it explicates. What is startling, however, is the lack of emphasis on environmental issues--the reporting of individual instances of, say, deforestation, desertification, or algae bloom with never a nod to a global view. Nor does the book's dispassionate tone seem particularly appropriate; only Astronaut Kathy Sullivan's introduction conveys any awe or even enthusiasm for "the imagery." In short, this book seems in many respects a poor second to Payson Stevens and Kevin Kelley's Embracing Earth ( LJ 9/15/92).
- Linn Prentis, Milford, Pa.
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Book Description Turner Pub, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1570363730