Seven Natural Wonders of Central and South America

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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 Central and South America, we'll encounter jets of hot water and steam that shoot up hundreds of feet from a lake that's located in the crater of a volcano. In South America, we'll see the tallest waterfall in the world as it tumbles off the edge of ...

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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 Central and South America, we'll encounter jets of hot water and steam that shoot up hundreds of feet from a lake that's located in the crater of a volcano. In South America, we'll see the tallest waterfall in the world as it tumbles off the edge of an ancient flat-topped mountain. And we'll visit the towering peaks of the world's longest mountain chain that run down the length of this continent. What other natural wonders do Central and South America hold? To find out, we'll explore a misty and magical cloud forest, a bone-dry desert, and a great river 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. The Amazon River is the first wonder of this book. Experts have never been able to agree on its exact length. Because the length of a river depends on its source, scientists attempt to determine exactly where a river starts running aboveground. This can be a difficult process. Sometimes it means tracking an underground spring or determining where melting snow gathers into a channel and develops into a mountain stream. Most scientists believe that the Amazon starts in northern Peru and is thus the second-longest river in the world, the Nile River being the longest. The second wonder in this volume is the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Deserts cover over 20 percent of the earth's surface and can be found in North America, Central and South America, and Africa. A distinguishing characteristic of the Atacama Desert is the presence of huge salt basins. As temperatures rose over millions of years, the water in the lakes dried up, leaving the salty sediment that now exists as desert sand. Other wonders presented in thisvolume are the Galapagos Islands, the Andes mountains 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, journalist Ruth Robertson described Angel Falls in Venezuela as "[s]purting from a cliff more than half a mile high in the jungle vastness of eastern Venezuela." 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: 9780822590705
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Lerner Seven Wonders Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 995,173
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.43 (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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