Arctic Tundra and Polar Deserts

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Biologists divide the living world into major zones called biomes, including deserts, oceans, tropical forests, and tundra. Looking at biomes helps us understand the connections between our planet's climate and the plants and animals that live there. Biomes also have a huge impact on people. Each book reveals the fascinating web of relationships between climate, plants, animals, and people that makes every ...

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Overview

Biologists divide the living world into major zones called biomes, including deserts, oceans, tropical forests, and tundra. Looking at biomes helps us understand the connections between our planet's climate and the plants and animals that live there. Biomes also have a huge impact on people. Each book reveals the fascinating web of relationships between climate, plants, animals, and people that makes every biome unique.

Inside this book

Superb photography, bringing each biome dramatically to life

Clear maps of each major region of every featured habitat identify the main areas of environmental stress

Fact panels give at-a-glance information on each region

Meets curriculum standards for the study of biomes and their importance for plants, animals, and people

Glossary, sources of further information, and index

A comprehensive look at the arctic tundra and polar desert biomes, examining their climate, plants, animals, people, and future, plus detailed views of some famous or important cold regions.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
It is hard to imagine how anything can survive in such extremes as the North and South Poles, but somehow life exists there. Despite temperatures as extreme as -26 degrees in the summer and -76 degrees in the winter, a few plants and animals do manage to thrive in the region. They are not at serious risk from wild predators, but they are from man's intrusion into their habitat. In this new reference book, one of the "Biomes Atlases" series, all aspects of the northern and southern extremes of Earth are examined. The book uses a variety of formats to share its expansive knowledge of this biome. The majority of information is written in the general reference book style, cramming as much information as possible into each paragraph. While there is an impressive amount of information, it can get a little overwhelming at times. However, the book also has interesting sidebars on topics as diverse as wind chill, midges and igloos, which are scattered liberally throughout the book, at least one per page. Maps and graphs are also included. With pictures and a large glossary and index, this book makes a great addition to a reference library. 2002, Raintree, Ages 9 to 12.
— Heather Robertson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432941727
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Series: Biomes Atlases Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,049,327
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Biomes of the World 4

The Polar Biomes 6

North American Arctic 8

Polar Climate 10

Siberian Tundra 18

Polar Plants 20

Iceland 26

Polar Animals 28

Antarctica 42

People and the Poles 44

Greenland 54

The Future 56

Glossary 62

Further Research 63

Index 64

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