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With their unusual bodies, seahorses have been the stuff of legends for thousands of years. But these animals aren't just legends. They are very real! This book takes an in-depth look at these oddly shaped fish. Anatomy, distribution, hunting behavior, and reproduction (in which the male becomes pregnant) are discussed.
A nonfiction work by the creator of Dirk Pitt, this book tells thirteen tales of searches for shipwrecks. The circumstances surrounding each are described in detail along with the searches. This book reads like a novel. Among the shipwrecks are the C.S.S. Hunley, a confederate submarine-- the first to sink a ship in battle, The Leopoldville, a troop transport torpedoed by a German U-boat on Christmas eve, 1944 and the discovery of U-20, the German sub that sank the Lusitania in 1915.
Describes the physical features, habits and uses of all kinds of sea mammals from dolphins to seals to whales.
These graceful creatures never leave the water, not even to give birth. Their warm fur, helps to keep them warm and also to float, and they have almost human like paws. Come and learn more about the "teddy bear of the sea" the sea otter. Find out what these marvelous creatures eat, how they groom themselves, how they mate and what efforts have been made to protect these valuable creatures from extinction. includes an index and further reading suggestions. Grades 3 and up. Other books in this series are also available from Bookshare. This file should make an excellent embossed braille copy.
Questions and answers provide information about a variety of echinoderms, including the sea star, sea urchin, and sea cucumber.
A look into a unique ecosystem, one that is endangered in many places <P> A seed is jostled from a branch of a mangrove tree and floats to a lagoon in the Caribbean Sea. It takes root, sprouts leaves, and slowly begins to grow. Over many years, the mangrove will provide a home and nourishment for numerous creatures of land and sea. Among its roots come to live fiddler crabs and shrimp; in its branches dwell lizards and hummingbirds. Soon the tree is dropping seeds of its own, and other mangroves are growing, creating a tangle whose benefits extend even to large mammals like dolphins and manatees. There are endpaper maps that indicate where mangroves are located and the names of common animals and plants found in them. <P> Ever threatened by hurricanes and even more by human destruction, the mangroves of our planet are endangered, but in Lynne Cherry's richly illustrated story one such habitat survives, giving readers hope and inspiration for preservation of these ecosystems in the real world.
Questions and answers provide information about a variety of turtles, including sea turtles, Galapagos tortoises, and alligator snapping turtles.
From the Book jacket: Millions of sea turtles once roamed the earth's oceans. Within the past five centuries, trade in sea turtle meat, eggs, shells, oil, and leather has driven almost every species to the brink of extinction. Explore the world of the sea turtle in this engaging book. Learn their general characteristics, how they navigate underwater, who their predators are, what human threats exist, and where conservation efforts are being made worldwide. Jeff Ripple profiles every species of sea turtle from the loggerhead to the leatherback. More than 60 breathtaking photographs capture these fascinating creatures under water and on land. Discover the world's animals in the WorldLife Library by Voyageur Press. This highly acclaimed series brings you the latest research from leading naturalists, along with stunning color photographs of your favorite animals.
This 32-page hardcover book is fully illustrated in Heller's signature style -- elaborate details, bright colors, and bold pictures. The Sargasso Sea is a natural mystery. It is a warm "sea within a sea" in the midst of the cold Northern Atlantic Ocean where whirlpool-like currents have been said to becalm ships forever. Underneath huge tangles of seaweed are Men-O-War, jellyfish, turtles, fish, and eels. Each spread elaborately describes and depicts a characteristic of this complex and exciting watery habitat.
The crowds got bigger as the team got closer to the Myriad Center. They lined the pavement as if drawn by some invisible force, yet the quiet remained unbroken. Faces along the route were wet with tears that no one tried to hide. Then Beth heard a voice cut the still morning as in prayer. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil." It was a final, wrenching homage to the victims of the bombing. The voice echoed inside Beth's head. "I shall fear no evil," she chanted over and over again, trying desperately to keep her feelings at bay. Beth felt her anger melt away. She and Czar would be all right; she'd make sure of that. The people of Oklahoma had reminded them of what their volunteer of love was all about. The motto of search and rescue-to save lives and reduce human suffering- made it all worthwhile for her and the white shepherd... Beth Barkley was tired of having a life indoors. And so was her white German Shepherd Panda. After reading an article in the newspaoper about search and Rescue dogs, she decided to train with Panda as a canine team. This story is there struggles to become a team, their work, in disasters, from lost children, missing people, an encounter with a bear, to earthquakes in El Salvador, Armenia, and mud slides in Virginia to their hardest challenge helping with the Oklahoma City Bombing. Follow Beth as she trains with first Panda, then Sirius, then Czar, and their adventures, both humorous and sad. Look into the world of search and rescue, the struggles that dog and handle endure every day.
From the book Jacket: There is always something new for children to learn when they visit the seashore, and Seashells in My Pocket helps them to explore. Packed with scores of fascinating facts and new illustrations, this completely revised and expanded edition of Seashells in My Pocket tells kids all about nature along the Atlantic coast. The new Seashells in My Pocket includes: Sections on common shells, shore birds, sea creatures, seashore plants, and a new section on insects. A greatly expanded territory, now covering nature from Maine all the way to Florida. Dozens of species added. Locator maps showing where each species may be found. A convenient, carry-along size and sturdy, waterproof cover for long-lasting use. Perfect for taking to the beach. Tips on safety and protecting the shoreline environment.
In Seasick, Alanna Mitchell dives beneath the surface of the worlds oceans to give readers a sense of how this watery realm can be managed and preserved, and with it life on earth.
This is a wonderful collection of poems, by Ted Hughes the poet working with a subject matter he had mastered and revisited for most of his life: the world of animals, plants and nature.
This book about nature and the changing seasons focuses on a young boy and a very special apple tree.
A naturalist and explorer finds water holes, storms, floods and fascinating life forms in the Arizona desert and Grand Canyon.
Chapter after chapter relates a multitude of discoveries from plant research around the world that demonstrate how plants grow, metabolize, and communicate not only within their own structure, but with all other life forms. Some researchers have used polygraph instruments connected to leaf surfaces to observe responses through electro-magnetic activity to various stimuli such as: raucous, loud music compared with mellow, harmonious music. The results are always the same: plants react favorably to mellow music while continuous raucous sounds can actually kill them. Even more amazingly, perhaps, is that plants accurately react to good or bad thoughts directed at them or other biological life forms and even at great distances.
Masaru Emoto's photography and spiritual thinking has enabled us to understand more clearly how our actions effect our environment. His insight into water has reached millions of adults around the world and now, with his first book aimed at children, a younger audience can receive his message and help to lead the world toward healing and progress. This comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide to his theories is attractively packaged for children so they too can learn about the power and hidden messages in water.
Once again, noted author Cris Peterson brings both wonder and clarity to the subject of agriculture, celebrating the cycle of growth, harvest, and renewal. Using the corn plant as an example, she takes the reader through the story of germination and growth of a small corn seed into a giant plant reaching high into the air, with roots extending over six feet into the ground. The book also discusses the makeup of soil and the amazing creatures who live there--from microscopic one-celled bacteria to moles, amoebas, and earthworms.
The companion volume to the most comprehensive of the Smithsonian's Quincentenary programs, the National Museum of Natural History's' "Seeds of Change" exhibition (October 1991 through April 1993). Informed, accessible, and beautifully illustrated, the volume traces the sometimes deliberate, sometimes unintentional exchanges of plants, animals, culture, and diseases between the Old and New Worlds over the course of 500 years since Columbus' voyages, focusing on five "seeds"--sugar, corn, the potato, disease, and the horse.
In the sixteenth century, Walnut is a Native American boy who discovers that he does not see as well as others do. He develops his other senses to earn both the respect of his people and his adult name, "Sees Behind Trees." He then accompanies an elder warrior to find the mysterious "land of water."
A revelatory exploration of nature's magnificent patterns and forms--and of their origins in simple physical law.
Scientist, humanist, optimist, the late Jacob Bronowski in these essays explores the singularity of humankind, the essence of science, and the idea of a life force antecedent to nature.
[from the back cover] "LESLIE NORRIS'S eleventh collection of poetry, Sequences, brings together some of his strongest and most eloquent recent work. Norris's poetry is marked by a keen eye for the natural world and with rich, pleasing music. It is by turns celebratory and elegaic, now praising nature's complexities, now mourning our transitory place in the world. Two long poems frame this book, one set in North America (seen from the eye of a hawk), the other in the author's native Wales. Norris's topography is simultaneously vital and magical. It is destined to find a secure place in our literature. Leslie Norris's many books include Walking the White Fields: Poems 1967-80, two collections of stories, Sliding and The Girl from Cardigan (also published by Gibbs M. Smith, Inc.), a study of Dylan Thomas, and Norris's Ark, a selection of his children's verse. A frequent contributor to the Atlantic and the New Yorker, he has taught at a number of universities in England and America."
Whether we live in cities, suburbs, or villages, we are encroaching on nature, and it in one way or another perseveres. Naturalist Susan Shetterly looks at how animals, humans, and plants share the land-observing her own neighborhood in rural Maine. She tells tales of the locals (humans, yes, but also snowshoe hares, raccoons, bobcats, turtles, salmon, ravens, hummingbirds, cormorants, sandpipers, and spring peepers). She expertly shows us how they all make their way in an ever-changing habitat. In writing about a displaced garter snake, witnessing the paving of a beloved dirt road, trapping a cricket with her young son, rescuing a fledgling raven, or the town's joy at the return of the alewife migration, Shetterly issues warnings even as she pays tribute to the resilience that abounds. Like the works of Annie Dillard and Aldo Leopold, Settled in the Wild takes a magnifying glass to the wildness that surrounds us. With keen perception and wit, Shetterly offers us an education in nature, one that should inspire us to preserve it.
Introduces the major ideas of chaos theory. Shows how they can be used metaphorically in day to day living.
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