Planet Earth. Four elements. One incredible story. Lonely Planet Kids' The Big Earth Book takes children on a rollercoaster ride through history, geography, science and more to show how four elements - earth, fire, air and water - created the world and everything that exists today. Amazing facts, photography and illustrations bring our planet and its past to life in an exciting, engaging way. Written by Mark Brake, a science writer and broadcaster who's worked for NASA, the BBC and the National Science Museum of Thailand, and created in consultation with Dr Mike Goldsmith, a research scientist and writer with a PhD in astrophysics from Keele University in the UK. Highlights include: Earth: How the Earth was formedThe structure of the EarthPlate tectonics and rocksEarthquakes and volcanoesHumans in the stone ageHunter-gatherers and farmingFossils and digging for treasureDNA: the code of life Fire: Ingredients for fireFire and humansThe history of fireThe dangers of wildfireThe Great Fire of LondonGunpowder and fireworksThe combustion engineCarbon and global warming Air: What's air made of?The Northern LightsHow animals learned to flyDinosaurs in the airBirds and batsThe history of flightSpeech and languageMusic and instrumentsWeather and climate Water: The origins of waterRivers and oceansThe water cycleThe Hanging Gardens of BabylonCanals, bridges and damsExploring the seasThe age of explorationTsunamis and waterfalls About Lonely Planet Kids: Come explore! Let's start an adventure. Lonely Planet Kids excites and educates children about the amazing world around them. Combining astonishing facts, quirky humour and eye-catching imagery, we ignite their curiosity and encourage them to discover more about our planet. Every book draws on our huge team of global experts to help share our continual fascination with what makes the world such a diverse and magnificent place - inspiring children at home and in school.