Philip's Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils
By A. C. Bishop, A. R. Woolley, W. R. Hamilton
A practical and authoritative guide to identifying minerals, rocks and fossils. An invaluable handbook for amateur collectors and specialists alike, small and compact enough to carry in the pocket or rucksack. The illustrations in this revised edition have been improved to give a truer representation of the colours found in nature.A best-seller in its field since 1974 when it was first published, the 1998 edition has been completely revised and updated, with brand-new, extended introductory sections and appendices. The book has also been completely redesigned to bring it into the 1990s and make it more user friendly.Around 145 colour plates show typical mineral, rock and fossils specimens. The plates were photographed from the Natural History Museum's incredible collection. Over 100 specially commissioned line drawings illustrate the authoritative descriptions of the specimens.The 1998 edition has been updated and revised by two of the original authors (Dr Woolley and Dr Bishop), plus an expert in fossils, all from the world-class Natural History Museum in London.Main map scale:
Philip's Guide to Fossils
A practical pocket-sized guide to identifying, collecting and understanding all types of fossil.The introduction describes how fossils form and the history of ancient life, all illustrated with colour artworks. The classification and distribution of fossils are described, giving essential background information for collectors. The fascinatinghistory of fossil collecting is described before detailed and practical information about how to go about collecting fossils - everything from how to find sites and specimens to how to store and display fossils.An important feature of Philip's Guide to Fossils is a comprehensive and effective visual identification key. This makes it easy for the reader to discover the major classification of a fossil and so locate the right section of the book for detailed identification.The main section of the book goes through every major group of fossils, from trilobites to tree ferns, and includes a wide international range, from the common and easy-to-find to some (such as dinosaur bones) that would crown the collection of any amateur. The section is lavishly illustrated with colour photographs and clear descriptive text accompanies each image.Main map scale:
Philip's Guide to Gems
By Cally Oldershaw
A practical pocket-sized guide to the identification and use of precious and semiprecious stones, novelty stones, agates and crystals.The introductory part of the book describes the geology, chemistry and properties of gemstones in clear and accessible terms. The important properties of gemstones are explained, including crystal structures and optical and physical properties. It examines synthetic gems and discusses how to tell them apart from natural stones.Guide to Gems, Stones and Crystals then covers practical aspects of gemmology and the use of stones, including fashioning and cutting, types and shapes of cut, collecting, handling and storing gemstones, and weighing and measuring stones.An important feature of Guide to Gems, Stones and Crystals is a comprehensive visual identification key. This makes it easy for the reader to recognise the type of a stone, and so move on to the correct section of the book for a detailed identification.The main part of the book examines each major group of gems from every part of the world, with each group divided into clearly structured units. The first section deals with precious gems in their many forms, with illustrations of priceless jewellery. The second and longer section concentrates on the semiprecious and novelty stones, the agates and the crystals used by many professional and amateur jewellers and purchased by the majority of collectors and jewellery enthusiasts. Both sections are richly illustrated with photographs, and clear descriptive text accompanies each image.the authorCally Oldershaw lives in St Albans. She is the author of DK's Gemstones which sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Cally is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (GAGTL) and a member of the curatorial team at the National History Museum in London.Main map scale:
Ashtanga Yoga for Women
By Sally Griffyn, Michaela Clarke
Ashtanga is a dynamic form of yoga that involves a combination of stretch, strength and endurance. Traditionally, ashtanga has been the preserve of men and, until recently, practiced only in India. This situation is changing, however. More and more women are finding that ashtanga has a lot to offer them in terms of an energizing and empowering experience on physical, spiritual and emotional levels. Ashtanga is experienced by each individual in a different way. Although the sequence of postures remains the same, those who practice them meet intensely different challenges. Women who are larger or smaller, who have given birth or not, who are older or younger will all have different experiences of the sequence, but the experiences will always be life-enhancing. With clear photography of the primary series of poses, background information and interviews with yoga practitioners, this text shows how practice of this form of yoga is suitable for everyone.
The Yoga Bible
By Christina Brown
Yoga practice helps individuals to find mental and physical balance. It is suitable for all ages and abilities and should bring about a sense of spiritual and physical well-being, as well as suppleness. This text encourages beginners and experts alike to design a yoga sequence to suit their own personal needs and abilities. Featuring over 150 yogic postures from the main schools of yoga, including Iyengar and Astanga Vinyasa, "The Yoga Bible" provides a comprehensive, illustrated, step-by-step guide to achieving the postures and advice on altering them where necessary - easier postures are highlighted for beginners or the less supple. The book also includes more advanced positions for advanced yogis. The text includes notes on various types of yoga practices as well as a summary of well-known traditional schools of yoga and how they vary. In addition to the wide range of postures, the author includes advice on breathing techniques and the benefits of yoga in healing, pregnancy, de-stressing and meditation.
Philip's Geography Dictionary
A new and thoroughly updated edition of this popular practical guide to the science of the Earth's surface.Now fully illustrated in colour, Philip's Geography Dictionary presents an extensive and up-to-date A-Z survey covering both physical and human geography. It contains over 1,500 entries, ranging in scope from ablation and abrasion to urban morphology and zero population growth. Clear, easy-to-understand definitions are accompanied by a careful system of cross-referencing which guides the reader from one related entry to another. The text is enhanced by a useful selection of line drawings and informative tabular matter.Philip's Geography Dictionary is illustrated in full colour with more than 100 diagrams carefully prepared to enhance the explanations in the text. There are also numerous charts and tables.Philip's Geography Dictionary will be of great value to students of geography at GCSE or Standard Grade and above, and to anyone who is interested in this fascinating subject.Main map scale:
By Helen Foster
Combat the many "toxic" elements of modern life through diet, alternative therapies, massage and exercise, tiredness, sluggishness and the guilt about not exercising should become a thing of the past. This title features 14 detox plans to target specific issues from stopping smoking to energizing and stress-busting.
By Susannah Marriott