Hidden Under the Ground: The World Beneath Your Feet

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Come visit the exciting world beneath our feet, where trains run, pipes flow, and machines hum, as well as where mysterious creatures are thought to have dwelled. Follow people throughout the ages as they navigate underground caverns, excavate ancient tombs, build elaborate cable systems--and much more. Peter Kent's historically accurate artwork reveals cross sections of various subterranean scenes in intricate and entertaining detail. With objects and creatures to find on almost every fact-filled page, and colorful sidebars containing fascinating bits of information, this book will delight any young reader who has ever wondered about the world hidden under the ground. Peter Kent lives in Norwich, England.

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About the Author:

PETER KENT is the author of all six of the best-selling The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Internet books. He has been training computer users and documenting software for the past 18 years. He has also written articles that have appeared in Internet World, Windows Magazine, and Computer World, and writes the syndicated column Geek News. Peter is the founder of BizBlast.com, a major e-business service provider.

From Scientific American:

Across a dozen big double-spread pages Peter Kent has drawn sections of the underground world of life, chosen to span a wide range of what some animals and many peoples have done there--or at least imagined. These works are not like any home basement, but large and complex. He draws with an informal style; human figures are small, but details are savored, and some of the scenes are humorous. Moles, badgers and rabbits dig impressive branching tunnel apartments for such small animals. The representation of medieval views of afterlife underground has plenty of pitchfork-wielding red devils but uses serious ideas of old artists to show us more imaginative and dreadful tormentors, one a lobster with a flame-throwing tail. There are mines, caves, a subterranean village, a royal tomb and a dungeon, too. You don't even want to see the rock-lined oubliettes, the prisoner bottled up alone underground, thrown bread and water daily down through the bottleneck, and otherwise forgotten. The subway station is lively and rather London-like. Most of these drawings, however, are not of specific places but are meant to reflect the typical. The city street underground is most interesting: it has water mains and sewers old and new, large and small, and a plethora of cables, tubes and pipes, with more on the way. Note the roots of big trees, spread almost as wide as their limbs extend aboveground. Deep-buried, unexploded bombs below streets are not rare where air war has raged, though unknown in the lucky U.S.A. On the other hand, a well-manned missile silo is on view, not a souvenir of an old war but a harbinger of attack that will not, we hope, come. A specific modern hydroelectric power plant is shown beside a Swiss lake. Extra pages offer digging tools, from wheelbarrows to tunnel borers, celebrities of the underground, and other extensions to complete an attractive book for mid-grade readers.

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