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A Magic Web: The Tropical Forest of Barro Colorado
by Christian Ziegler (Photographer) and Egbert G.
Leigh, Oxford University Press, 2002.

"You will learn more reading this volume than on a personal visit to the tropics. . Both your sense of beauty and your thirst for understanding will be satisfied abundantly."—Ernst Mayr

In A Magic Web, photographer Christian Ziegler and ecologist Egbert Leigh invite readers to enter the marvelous world of Panama's Barro Colorado Island. This book provides a unique combination of spectacular photography and clear, engaging text. The vibrant, full-color photographs provide views of
the forest and its amazing diversity of inhabitants, and show many of the activities that give the forest its character and lend structure to its community. Drawing on decades of work on Barro Colorado Island, Egbert Leigh explains how the forest works. This book is a must for anyone planning to visit a tropical forest, and for all those who only wish they could.  

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At the Controls: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Book of Cockpits, Photography by Eric Long and Mark Avino; Edited by Tom Alison and Dana Bell, Boston Mills Press, 2001. Hard Back, $39.95

Perhaps the finest collection of cockpit photos in existence, aviation enthusiasts will love At the Controls. The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum holds the world's premier collection of historic aircraft. In the book, museum photographers Eric Long and Mark Avino use creative lighting techniques and an extremely wide-angle lens mounted on a short-bodied large-format architectural camera to duplicate the sensation of actually being at the controls inside the cockpits of 45 legendary aircraft, with access not only to the instrument panels, but to the consoles as well. This 9x12 hardback book, along with the SITES exhibition, At the Controls, truly provides a pilot's-eye view.

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Earth from Space by Andrew K. Johnston, Firefly Books, 2004. Hard Back, $32.97

Curator Andrew Johnston sheds light on the planet via an array of beautiful and enlightening satellite images. The book explains in exquisite detail how such images are utilized by scientists to learn about the earth's dynamic environment. The Washington Post named this text one of the best coffee table books of 2004. 

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Fossils of the Burgess Shale by Derek E.G. Briggs, Douglas H. Erwin, and Frederick J. Collier. Smithsonian Institution Press, Reprint edition (1995). Soft Back, $24.95

This book provides the most comprehensive look yet at the fascinating and unusual creatures revealed in one of this century's most important fossil finds. Discovered in 1909 by Charles Doolittle Walcott, the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the Burgess Shale, located high in the Canadian Rockies, is home to fossils dating from 525 million years ago - during the Cambrian Period, when almost all of the major phyla of animals evolved. Nearly 200 photographs and line drawings and detailed accounts describe important morphological features of each species, as well as the ecology and taxonomy of each group.

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Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe by Mark Voit, Harry N. Abrams, 2000. Soft Back, $19.95

How did the universe begin? How big is it? What is it made of? What is its ultimate fate? These are some of the questions that scientists have been investigating with the Hubble Space Telescope since its launch in 1990. Hubble fans and stargazers will delight in this large format book (10.5x14.5) which explains the unprecedented amount of information Hubble has provided through awesome images of nebulae, emerging stars, and other celestial phenomena. The first book on Hubble prepared by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), which operates the telescope for NASA, the book accompanies the SITES exhibition of the same name. The large pictures, dramatic presentation, and concise text tempt readers of all ages.

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People of the Tropical Rainforest, $10.00

Exploration of the diversity of tropical peoples by internationally recognized experts, edited by Julie Denslow and Christine Padoch. Examines how the future of the world's disappearing tropical rainforests, like their past, is inextricably bound with the people who make their living from them.

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These Rare Lands: Images of America's National Parks. Photographs by Stan Jorstad; Text by Mark Strand; Foreword by Robert Redford, Simon & Schuster, 1997. Hard Back, $40.00

America's National Parks are one of our most precious and fragile national treasures. In the pages of this book, Stan Jorstad's photographs of each of the 54 National Parks in historical order reveal their breathtaking splendor. The words of Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Strand compliment Jorstad's fantastic images. Beautiful and compelling, These Rare Lands is immensely satisfying to the eye, the mind, and the heart.

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Wondrous Cold: An Antarctic Journey, 36" x 17," $10.00

Some 20,000 king penguins ring a glacial lake in this dramatic panorama of Gold Harbor, South Georgia Island, the signature image for a new SITES exhibition opening May 2006 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

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