Mountains and Highlands

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Earth's great mountain ranges are so large that they are clearly visible to astronauts orbiting hundreds of miles above us. And the highest mountain of them all, Mount Everest in the Himalayas, is taller than 23 Empire State Buildings.

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 ...

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Overview

Earth's great mountain ranges are so large that they are clearly visible to astronauts orbiting hundreds of miles above us. And the highest mountain of them all, Mount Everest in the Himalayas, is taller than 23 Empire State Buildings.

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

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Chances are if a word has "est" in it, it describes a mountain. Mountains are the highest, windiest, wettest places on earth. While the climate can be different from mountain to mountain (and even in different parts of the same mountain) mountains do have some basic traits. For one, their peaks tend to reach into the upper atmospheres. Climbers on Mt. Everest have to use oxygen tanks to reach the top. Mountains are also colder at the peak than at the base, up to 100 degrees colder. This new reference book, one in the "Biomes Atlases" series, addresses five different attributes of mountain ranges: climate, plants, animals, people and the future. The text can be dry in some parts, but is broken up by interesting sidebars and profiles of individual mountain ranges. The book has beautiful maps and photographs on every page. In the back are a glossary and a fairly large index. All in all, it is a good reference book, but kids won't pick it up just to read. 2003, Raintree, Ages 9 to 12.
— Heather Robertson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432941741
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: Biomes Atlases Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 981,722
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Biomes of the World 4

Mountains of the World 6

Rocky Mountains 8

Mountain Climates 10

Andes 18

Mountain Plants 20

The Alps 32

Mountain Animals 34

East African Highlands 44

People and Mountains 46

Himalayas 54

The Future 56

Glossary 62

Further Research 63

Index 64

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