Seeking the Earth’s Treasures

Explorations of the Earth and the explorers, of course, found lots of formerly unknown people, places, and things.


The Earth has a story to tell. Actually, it has many stories to tell, and those stories have come to light over the ages as humans have explored the planet. There are also stories to be learned about Earth prior to the existence of humans, beginning with the “Big Bang,” stories that we now know because of exploratory scientific research in the fields of cosmology, geology, hydrology, and zoology, among others. Explorations of the Earth are covered in the first section of this book. The explorers, of course, found lots of formerly unknown people, places, and things. Of particular interest were generally those that were “superlatives”—the highest, the lowest, the widest, the longest, the deepest, etc. Most of Earth’s superlatives, at least those of interest to non-specialists, are now well known. These superlatives are covered in the second section of this book. Humans’ innate drive to explore is now leading us beyond Earth and into space. What will be discovered there is anybody’s guess.


David Ritchey








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About the Author

After being educated in economics at Yale University, David Ritchey served five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including a year in Vietnam. Back in civilian life, he initially became a businessman as he had been trained but, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he dropped out, got a divorce, moved to a remote old stone farmhouse and took up fine art photography as his vocation, winning over 60 awards during the next fifteen years.

During that period, he became fascinated with the psychology and neurology of both creativity and metaphysics and returned to school to train as a psychotherapist. During his fifteen years of clinical practice specializing in hypnotherapy, he undertook a twelve-year project to research and write about such subjects and his first book, The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P., was published in 2003. Writing proved to be every bit as rewarding as photography and became his primary vocation. Being an inveterate learner, he focused on non-fiction subjects, enjoying the research as much as the writing. His more than forty published works have won over 25 literary awards. His books can be found at and online book stores.

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His avocations have included scuba diving, sailing, skiing, tennis, golf, gardening, woodworking, dogs, magic, bridge, and Scrabble. He has two adult children, Harper and Mac, and one almost-adult grandchild, Brendan. He lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and spends most of his time either writing or engaging in stimulating conversations over restaurant meals with close friends.