1000 Wonders of Nature

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Readers Digest, 2002 - Nature - 448 pages
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Delve below the Earth, soar beyond the heavens and scour every corner of the planet to discover wonders far greater in number than the world's Big Seven -- and just as astounding. A riveting read for weird science buffs of all ages and an ideal way for parents and kids to share the thrills of learning, 1000 "Wonders of Nature" spotlights incredible animals, formidable forces of weather and mysterious occurrences -- and clearly explains the facts of science behind them all.

Filled with 1,300 up-close and astounding full-color photos of the most intriguing living creatures and impressive natural spectacles.

Chapters highlight:
-- Nature's Great Events, from the self-healing secrets of Peruvian parrots to the underwater fireworks sparked by spawning corals
-- Amazing Animals, from lizards that walk on water to fish that spend the night in slimy "sleeping bags" to birds that feast on blood
-- Microscopic Marvels, from destructive plant viruses that hitch rides with insects to friendly fungi that supply trees with essential minerals
-- Heavenly Amazements, from diamond showers that fall from the sun to comets, quasars and blue moons
-- Forces of Nature, from the world's tallest waterfall to horrific hurricanes, terrifying tornadoes and volatile volcanoes

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
10
FAMILY LIFE OF ANIMALS
19
PROTECTING THE UNBORN
28
SOMEWHERE TO LIVE
47
ATTACK AND DEFENCE
93
COURTSHIP TACTICS
132
KEEPING IN TOUCH
187
SHARP HEARING
199
SURVIVING EXTREMES
303
COPING WITH COLD
310
LIFE AT HIGH ALTITUDE
316
SURVIVAL UNDERGROUND
322
NAMIB DESERT
328
MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST
335
SALT LAKES HOT SPRINGS
342
UNDERWATER WORLDS
348

THE SENSE OFTOUCH
205
BODY LANGUAGE
216
LEARNING AND MEMORY
222
GREENING THE PLANET
261
SEED STORIES
272
ANIMALS THAT SPREAD SEEDS
278
VOLCANIC VENTS
354
LIVING WATERS
415
RIVERS AND LAKES
422
FALLING WATER
430
INDEX
442
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