Seven Natural Wonders of Africa

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Without any human influence, nature has created extraordinary wonders—from majestic mountains and bubbling volcanoes to amazing plants and animals. These wonders are found across all the continents and oceans of this planet. In a tour of the seven greatest wonders of Africa, we'll encounter the Sahara, with its vast "seas of sand." We'll also find the world's longest river, the Nile. Many of Africa's most amazing wonders are animals. For instance, every year, millions of zebras and antelopes migrate across the ...

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Overview

Without any human influence, nature has created extraordinary wonders—from majestic mountains and bubbling volcanoes to amazing plants and animals. These wonders are found across all the continents and oceans of this planet. In a tour of the seven greatest wonders of Africa, we'll encounter the Sahara, with its vast "seas of sand." We'll also find the world's longest river, the Nile. Many of Africa's most amazing wonders are animals. For instance, every year, millions of zebras and antelopes migrate across the Serengeti Plain in Kenya and Tanzania. The Virunga Mountains of central Africa provide a home for rare mountain gorillas. What other natural wonders does Africa hold? To find out, we'll explore magical islands, a snowcapped mountain, and a gigantic waterfall in fascinating detail.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
Since ancient times people have compiled lists of places that they felt were astounding. The first such list is thought to have been penned by Herodotus some 2500 years ago. That list, which included buildings, statues and other objects that impressed him, was later dubbed the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World." In the years since, people have compiled similar lists about the middle ages and the modern world. The books in this series feature natural wonders that were created by nature without the help of humans. In this series, the reader will discover wonders in all of the continents of our planet, as well as wonders of the ancient world for these same geographic groups. Victoria Falls is the first wonder in this book. It is a spectacular waterfall on the Zambezi River in southern Africa, reaches its greatest size during the rainy season, when its spray rises hundreds of feet into the air. During the dry season, the Falls have a less spectacular appearance, sometimes seeming to disappear altogether. The Sahara desert in northern Africa covers an area about the size of the United States. It receives less than 3 inches of rain each year, a paltry figure compared to a rain forest which may get up to 200 inches in a year. Other wonders included in this volume are the Nile River, Mount Kilimanjaro and others. Pages about each location include historical documentation, historical and current photographs, and brief "fact" boxes. Peppered throughout the text are quotes by great historians, great writers and explorers. These add color to the topic. For example, when David Livingstone first saw Victoria Falls in 1837, he said "No one can imagine the beauty of the view from any thing witnessedin England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight." Appendices include a timeline of important dates for the featured wonders, a glossary and pronunciation guide, source notes, a bibliography, an index, a list of suggested resources for further research, and a research activity. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822590712
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Lerner Seven Wonders Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 813,582
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Woods is a science and medical journalist in Washington, D. C., who has won many national writing awards. He and his wife, Mary B. Woods, write together. Their previous books include the eight-volume Ancient Technology series, the Disasters Up Close series, and the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World series. The Woodses have four children. When not writing, reading, or enjoying their two grandchildren, the Woodses travel to gather material for future books.

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