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Shells : Guide to the Jewels of the Sea
by Giorgio Gabbi


Overview - Combining the best in underwater photography with brilliant illustrations and the most complete and informative text, this incomparable book presents a fresh guide to the world of shells.Shells are one of the most familiar and fascinating creations of nature.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Combining the best in underwater photography with brilliant illustrations and the most complete and informative text, this incomparable book presents a fresh guide to the world of shells.Shells are one of the most familiar and fascinating creations of nature. Valued for their beauty since prehistoric times, they may be seen on Greek and Roman vases, Renaissance paintings, African ornaments, and modern jewelry. Mollusks, the animals without backbones that produce shells, are so widespread that, second to insects, they are the most numerous creatures on earth. In this comprehensive, visually exciting book, the enlightening text is wonderfully illustrated with underwater images and full color diagrams that explore the intricate construction of shells. In a special guide, 400 different specimens from around the world are described, ranging from the most numerous to the rarest and from the most gorgeous to the most exotic. Many are depicted underwater as a diver would see them living in their natural habitat. Finally, there is practical advice on how to build an outstanding shell collection that is beautiful to look at, helpful in understanding various marine environments, and respectful of nature. Unique in its coverage, this book will be invaluable to naturalists, divers, and shell collectors.201 full color illustrations

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780789206312
  • ISBN-10: 0789206315
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press
  • Publish Date: March 2000
  • Page Count: 172
  • Dimensions: 11.79 x 8.62 x 0.96 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.68 pounds


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