Subterranea, a review by Tanya

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Subterranea: Discovering the Earth’s Extraordinary Hidden Depth
Chris Fitch

240 pages
Publishes Oct 12, 2021 by Timber Press

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About the Book:
Subterranea peels back the outer layer of the earth and reveals the fascinating hidden underground spaces that you cannot see from above the ground. These places include the poisonous caves in Mexico, full of deadly hydrogen sulphide, where the toughest fish in the world manage to survive; the magnificent Roman sunken palace that was lost beneath the streets of Constantinople for centuries; the ‘Door to Hell’ that was accidentally created by Soviet gas explorers in the 1970s and has been on fire for nearly half a century; and the drug-smuggling tunnels between Mexico and the USA.

Lavishly illustrated and packed with maps and photographs of little-explored locations, Subterranea is the unique, untold, and utterly unforgettable story of our planet from the inside.

My Review:
This is a seriously cool book!  I learned so many new things and was in my true nerd happy place reading this one.

Broken into 4 parts, Subterranea starts with Creation and covers cool places like the Waitomo Caves, home of millions of Glow-worms, Veryovkina Cave, the world’s deepest cave and the Palaeoburrows, tunnels believed to have been dug by extinct Mega Sloths!

The Ancient History section has locations such as Chauvet-Pont d’Arc boasting some of the earliest figurative cave drawings, and Herculaneum a coastal party town buried by the ancient eruption of Vesuvius.

Modern History has the more well-known locations like the London Underground and lesser known places like Coober Pedy, a city built underground to deal with the extreme temperatures of Australia.

The Today section features the Los Angeles Tunnels, Hellisheidi and the Jerusalem Cemeteries plus many other important scientific locations.

With pictures, coordinates, detailed maps and historical data, Subterranea is sure to be a home-run hit with history buffs, science lovers and curious people all over the world!  Buy this as a gift for an inquisitive loved one and make sure you buy one for yourself as well. It’s definitely worth having around and kids can learn about some really cool places!

Thank you to #TimberPress and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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