World Book Spotlight on Earth: The Living Planet Explores the Planet's Resilience and Vulnerability as Earth Day 2007 Approaches

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World Book's free, interactive site offers students a solid understanding of the world in which they live -- how it has changed, is changing, and how they are affecting its future.

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While this understanding is generally important, it's particularly good background as educators begin focusing on Earth Day studies.

Earth may be a only small part of the universe, but it is home to all known living things, and in preparation for Earth Day, April 22, 2007, World Book, Inc. is showcasing the planet in a free, multi-faceted content spotlight, Earth: The Living Planet. The Earth content spotlight provides students, educators, and families with a detailed account of the geography, geophysical history, ecology, and exploration of the planet.

The site offers a comprehensive understanding of why Earth is able to support life, how the planet has changed over time, and what geologists and other earth scientists have learned as they've uncovered Earth's history. Biographies of scientists who have studied the planet, including British geologist Sir Charles Lyell, German mineralogist Abraham Gottlob Werner, and Scottish geologist James Hutton, inspire students and teach them about how different sciences apply to the study of the planets. The World Book Earth site also provides a detailed account of people's impact on the planet.

Maps, interactive quizzes, illustrations, and photographs support the information presented. Students are encouraged to explore further through links to dozens of government, university, and science Web sites reviewed by World Book editors.

"By considering a multi-faceted explanation of Earth, readers gain a well-rounded understanding of the planet, from its formation to how we affect our planet through our daily lives," said Paul Gazzolo, president of World Book. "While this understanding is generally important, it's particularly good background as educators begin focusing on Earth Day studies."

The World Book Earth spotlight also ties to state curriculum standards.

About World Book Online

The World Book Online Reference Center is the premier online encyclopedia for students and educators. World Book's direct, easy-to-understand writing style and media-rich environment make it the ideal reference site for learners of all ages. The World Book Concise Encyclopedia provides students and their families with ready reference from home.

Earth: The Living Planet is one of dozens of World Book Content Spotlights available at no charge and designed to bring alive topics for students, prompting them to explore areas that they may not have known they had an interest in.    

About World Book

Celebrating in 2007 the 90th anniversary of the first edition of The World Book Encyclopedia, World Book, Inc. sets the standard in publishing accurate, current, and reliable reference and learning materials for children and adults. Based in Chicago, Ill., World Book is committed to creating learning materials that meet the highest standards of editorial excellence while leveraging the advantages of online delivery. This commitment has culminated in a wide range of products which include the number-one selling The World Book Encyclopedia, and such leading digital products as the World Book Online Reference Center. World Book is a Scott Fetzer company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

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