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Science Around The World

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Fun facts and experiments about Earth's amazing and unique climatic regions!

Janice VanCleave's Science Around the World presents interesting facts and fun experiments that relate to the different geographical regions of the world-also known as biomes. Each different biome-forest, grassland, desert, and tundra-has its own unique plant life, animal life, and climate. The experiments, activities, and facts in this book help explain how the different biomes work and show the ...

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Overview

Fun facts and experiments about Earth's amazing and unique climatic regions!

Janice VanCleave's Science Around the World presents interesting facts and fun experiments that relate to the different geographical regions of the world-also known as biomes. Each different biome-forest, grassland, desert, and tundra-has its own unique plant life, animal life, and climate. The experiments, activities, and facts in this book help explain how the different biomes work and show the importance biomes play in keeping life on Earth so fascinatingly diverse.

You'll learn how the tilt of Earth affects the weather in different parts of the world; how and why some animals migrate; why leaves change color; and how cacti survive so long without rainfall. From the South American rainforests to the African savannas to the Chinese Takla Makan Desert, you'll find out how climate and geography determine the way plants and animals look and behave-with safe, inexpensive experiments for the home and classroom!

Presents interesting facts and fun experiments that relate to different geographical regions of the world--also known as biomes.

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Editorial Reviews

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Subtitled Activities on biomes from pole to pole, this book covers the four terrestrial biomes: forest, grassland, desert, and tundra. Each section covers the flora, fauna, and climate conditions specific to the biome, and includes applicable experiments and activities. The desert section, for example, is divided into hot and cold deserts. Two introductory pages distinguish between the types of deserts and explain how certain areas become arid. VanCleave discusses transpiration plus the adaptations and survival techniques for both hot and cold desert plants and animals. Experiments require simple materials and demonstrate concepts like how halophytic plants eliminate excess salt, how camels can walk across sand without sinking, and how surface area affects evaporation rates. The "Forests" section covers tropical rain, deciduous, and coniferous forests. "Grasslands" includes both temperate and tropical grasslands. And "Tundra" is divided into lowland and highland. World maps mark each biome's location (although the temperate grasslands map appeared incorrect in my copy of the book). New terms are in bold type and defined when first encountered. Additional reference sources are cited throughout, while an extensive glossary and index are available at the end. This information-packed paperback is 120 pages in length with simple black and white illustrations accompanying the straightforward text. Children studying this book can discover the influences of climate and geography on the behavior and appearance of plants and animals. Former science teacher VanCleave has authored more than forty books and gives science workshops. This is a worthwhile addition to your science library. 2004,Wiley, Ages 9 up.
—Chris Gill
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471205470
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/5/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 497,853
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.58 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

JANICE VANCLEAVE is a former science teacher who now spends her time writing and giving science workshops. She is the author of more than forty books that have sold over two million copies and a resident science fair authority on discovery.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

FORESTS.

Tropical Rain Forests.

1. Rain Forest Humidity.

2. Rain Forest Soil.

3. Rain Forest Plants.

4. Forest Canopy and Below.

5. Rain Forest Animals.

Deciduous Forests.

6. Seasons.

7. Broadleaf Trees.

8. Deciduous Forest Animals.

9. Leaf Colors.

Coniferous Forests.

10. Conifers.

11. Adaptations of Coniferous Plants.

12. Food Chains.

GRASSLANDS.

Temperate Grasslands.

13. Grasses.

14. Prairie Grasses.

15. Prairie Animals.

Tropical Grasslands.

16. Savanna Plants and Animals.

17. Savanna Animal Survivors.

DESERTS.

Hot Deserts.

18. Sandy Deserts.

19. Transpiration.

20. Hot Desert Plants.

21. Hot Desert Animals.

22. Camels.

Cold Deserts.

23. Cold Desert Plants.

24. Cold Desert Animals.

TUNDRA.

Lowland Tundra.

25. Permafrost.

26. Arctic Tundra Plants.

27. Arctic Tundra Animals.

28. Polar Bears.

Highland Tundras.

29. Snow.

30. Winds.

Glossary.

Index.

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