Natural  Science  Books

ROCKS & FOSSILS — The Nature Company Guides

A. B. Busbey (Author), Robert R. Coenraads (Author); David Roots (Author) and Paul Willis (Author) 1996

Weldon Owen, 288 pages : ISBN-13: 9781740896320

Rocks and Fossils reveals how the study of rocks and minerals enables us to uncover many of the extraordinary events that have taken place over the Earth’s 4,600 million year history. The book takes you on a journey to the most remarkable geological and paleontological sites in the world. Plus detailed information on how to start, display and care for your own rock and fossil collection

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ROCKS & FOSSILS — A Visual Guide

Robert R. Coenraads (Author)

Weldon Owen; Reader's Digest; Firefly Books Ltd, 304 pages : ISBN-1554070686

Rocks and Fossils' predominantly pictorial treatment will lure even newcomers to the subjects of geology and paleontology. Included are a series of ancient-life illustrations depicting creatures from different segments of geologic time, from the Cambrian period forward. Accompanied by many photographs the full color book is a beauty. Coenraads describes how fossils are formed, how rocks are formed, and how plate tectonics work and explains what people on a rock- hunting field trip should look for and opens their imaginations to the former environmental conditions that the discoveries of a fossil, rock, or mineral conjure. A science work suitable for all ages and schooling it is packed with glossy color photographs of rocks, fossils, and landscapes

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GEOLOGICA — Earth's Dynamic Forces

Robert R Coenraads (Chief Consultant and Author), John I Koivula (Chief Consultant and Author)

Millennium House 10 × 12¾ inches (325 × 250 mm), ; 576 pp, 180,000 words; cased & jacketed ISBN 978-1-921209-06-2

There are plenty of 'natural wonder' coffee table books out there, but this one comes closest to transporting the reader to some of the Earth's greatest geological wonders. The book is huge, authored by a geologist, and filled with numerous full page photos and aerials. Geologica is an informative study of Earth’s physical features, landscapes, plants and animals.

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Robert R. Coenraads (Chief Consultant and Author)

8 × 10½ inches (270 × 208mm), 576 pages, 240,000 words; cased ISBN: 978-1-921209-11-6

Natural Disasters explores the hidden stories behind the disasters: the true causes and consequences, the tragedies and triumphs in remarkable stories of survival, and the ability of the human spirit to overcome extraordinary difficulties. Along with captivating images of the disasters and their aftermath are the facts, clear explanations, and stories by survivors in their own words.

This unique book covers many of history’s greatest natural disasters including a gazetteer of more than 300 disaster sites around the world and across the centuries;

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Robert R. Coenraads (one of Managing Director Gordon Cheer's 55 project authors selected from around the world)

Millennium House: Earth Atlas (various sized editions), 580 pages, Over 400,000 words, cased and jacketed ISBN 978-1-921209-14-7

The biggest Atlas in the Universe. This exquisite limited edition atlas takes cartography to a new level. For the map enthusiast, the collector, the armchair traveller, or for those who enjoy luxury, this beautiful leather-bound edition is a “must-have”.

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Michael Allaby (author), Robert R. Coenraads (author), Stephen Hutchinson (author), Karen McGhee (author), John O'Byrne (author), Ken Rubin (author)

Reader's Digest. University of California Press; Hardcover, 608 pages, ISBN: 9780520254718.

This sumptuously illustrated, beautifully written encyclopedia, the best book available on the topic, presents the most up-to-date information about planet Earth in a style and format that will appeal to an extremely wide range of readers. With thousands of photographs, illustrations, diagrams, and maps and a text written by a team of international experts, it presents an impressive overview of our globe—beginning with the history of the universe and ending with today's conservation issues.

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MYSTERIES, FACTS, PHENOMENA — 200 Intriguing Secrets of Planet Earth Explained

Reader's Digest Staff and Robert R. Coenraads

Reader's Digest (Australia) Pty, Limited, 2012: 352 pages, 254mm x 197mm, Hardcover, ISBN 1921744537, 9781921744532

You will be captivated by this superb book! Discover 200 incredible natural phenomena, selected by experts and covering six subject areas. From lost worlds stranded on table-top mountains, to castles in the sky, to curious creatures and seemingly bizarre occurrences – a wealth of fascinating information awaits you across 352 enthralling pages. Each article goes beyond the bare facts, providing fascinating explanations for these amazing natural phenomena. More than 450 stunning images, numerous illustrations and special fact boxes provide you with incredible insights, making even the most mysterious phenomena easy to grasp. You and your family can look forward to a superb read and a whole new world of knowledge! 6 comprehensive chapters with 200 mystifying natural phenomena from all around the world! Over 450 photographs, illustrations, maps and diagrams bring the phenomena to life. Fascinating fact boxes for added insight. Rigorous science – rather than mere speculation – will satisfy your curiosity. Brings together a plethora of spectacular events and phenomena in one unique volume.


Tracy Staedter (author), Robert R. Coenraads (consultant), Carolyn Rebbert (consultant)

Weldon Owen, 2006, 64 pages, ISBN 1740896009, 9781740896009

All of the text is broken up into bite-size paragraphs that are easy to digest, yet comprehensive enough that even experienced adults will find something new on each page. The pictures/diagrams and shorter paragraphs should be of much interest to ages 9 and 10, with full enjoyment for ages 11 to 100! The origin of rocks and minerals, ie., geology, and how rocks and minerals are used in our daily lives, are heavily emphasized, and makes learning in this field so fascinating.

EXTREME EARTH — Wildlife, Wild Places, Wild Weather

Robert R. Coenraads (Consultant), David Burnie (Author), Jack Challoner (Author), Celia Coyne (Author), Sari Harrar (Author), Karen McGhee (Author)

Reader's Digest, 2015, 320 pages, ISBN 978-1-922085-27-6 (hardback)

Celebrate the Power and Beauty of Nature.

Extreme Earth challenges and expands our understanding of our beautiful and mysterious planet with astonishing facts and the fascinating stories behind them. Would you believe that the 2011 Japanese Earthquake was so powerful that it slowed Earth's rotation? That the kangaroo rat can live its entire life without drinking a drop of water? That it snows in the Sahara Desert and Niagara Falls can freeze over? This inspiring book doesn't just list the usual records about the Earth — the highest, the longest, the hottest — it also reveals the ingenious ways plants and animals have evolved over time to survive.

Extreme Earth contains: Hundreds of surprising facts about our extraordinary planet Wildlife, wild places, wild weather, as you’ve never seen them before More than 300 exciting satellite, aerial and ground level photographs

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SCIENTIFICA — the comprehensive guide to the world of science

Allan R. Glanville (Chief Consultant) Davis Ellyard (Foreword), Robert R. Coenraads (Consultant and author), Paul Deans (Consultant and author), David Ellyard (Consultant and author), Ron Hains (Consultant and author) plus other contributors. Millennium House, 2008, 512 pages, ISBN 978-1-921209-22-2 (hardback)

In Scientifica, the reader can follow the development of knowledge over time – for example, todays atomic theory (encompassing protons, neutrons, electrons and quarks in a structure consisting almost entirely of empty space) has its origins in the work of Democritus, a Greek philosopher of the fourth century BCE.

In 1674, Anton von Leeuwenhoek used a tiny hand lens to study a drop of pond water. His description of the little ‘animalcules’ that he saw was the first recorded observation of microorganisms – living creatures too small to be seen with the naked eye. You will see how, by taking a shortcut through a computer program, Edward Lorenz “created” chaos theory. When Albert Einstein asked himself what would happen if he could run alongside a light beam, it lead to his famous theory of relativity. In the mid 1800s, Charles Babbage invented what he called a “difference engine” – it was the precursor of the modern computer.

MARITIMEA – Above and Beneath the Waves

Philippe Cousteau (Foreword), Charles F. Gritzner (Chief Consultant), Robert R. Coenraads (one of Publisher Gordon Cheer's 24 project contributors) Millennium House, 2009, 512 pages, ISBN 978-1-921209-62-8 (hardback)

Maritimea is a bold and exhilarating account of the oceans and ocean exploration. With authoritative text written by geographers, oceanographers, historians and marine experts, this book features hundreds of superb photos and illustrations plus detailed mapping.

Learn about the world’s oceans and major seas, gulfs and bays; the ocean floor; and the amazing and varied marine life that inhabits our seas and oceans. Other topics covered include history’s adventurous ocean explorers, piracy on the high seas, naval battles, shipwrecks, ocean trade, ocean pollution, the plight of endangered species, and much more.

Maritimea is a comprehensible and accessible reference that captures the drama and excitement of the oceans, above and beneath the waves:

HISTORICAL ATLAS – A Comprehensive History of the World

Geoffrey Wawro (Chief Consultant), Robert R. Coenraads (one of Publisher Gordon Cheer's 45 project contributors) Millennium House, 2008, 512 pages, ISBN 978-1-921209-23-9 (hardback)

In compiling the Historical Atlas, historians from all over the world have been selected so that the very best and most current information on every topic is presented by an expert in that field. “A picture is worth a thousand words.” This old proverb sums up the human obsession with maps and the value of mapping when studying history.

Before the development of writing, before recorded history as we know it, human beings were drawing maps. Requiring no verbal communication, maps cross all boundaries, bringing instant recognition of our homelands, our world. And in this voume there are hundreds of maps offering a visual chronicle of our history.

Informative text and detailed maps bring events to life, reconstructing the past and transforming historical episodes into projections of time.