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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 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
Table of Contents
Biomes of the World 4
Mountains of the World 6
Rocky Mountains 8
Mountain Climates 10
Mountain Plants 20
The Alps 32
Mountain Animals 34
East African Highlands 44
People and Mountains 46
The Future 56
Further Research 63