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Janice VanCleave's Science Around the World: Activities on Biomes from Pole to Pole

ISBN: 978-0-471-20547-0
128 pages
March 2004
Janice VanCleave
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!
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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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